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Friday, March 11, 2011

Easy Day Chocolate Cake

One of our nurses, Terri,  brought this cake for a clinic lunch and said that it was one of her family's favorite cakes.  She said it was easy to make and her large family loved it.  I was still a young cook and a recipe with that many ingredients intimidated me.  When I got in the kitchen one evening to make it, I was a little overwhelmed with all that it took to get this cake to the oven to bake but it's worth it.  I'm older now and have baked many cakes so.........  Don't be  scared!  You can do it!

                                                       Easy Day Chocolate Cake

2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 cup water
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine flour and sugar.  Set aside.  Combine butter, cocoa, and water in a boiler and bring to a boil.  Add this to the flour mixture and stir well by hand.  Combine buttermilk, soda, eggs, and vanilla and add to flour mixture.  Stir well by hand.  Spoon batter into a greased and floured 13 X 9 in. pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min.

Frosting:

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. milk
1 box powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans

Melt butter in a medium saucepan.  Add cocoa and milk.  Bring this to a boil.  Remove from heat and add powdered sugar, vanilla, and pecans.  Beat by hand until well blended.  Spread on cake.

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