Summer’s Chocolate Cake

My somewhat ugly  chocolate cake with a shiny cooked frosting (which I did not completely beat enough)

My somewhat ugly chocolate cake with a shiny cooked frosting (which I did not completely beat enough)

Okay so this is a family recipe out of my handy dandy family cook book that was put together by my cousin Jacquie. It was put together in lieu of the 60th anniversary party. My whole family cooks one thing or another, we put together our best and favorite recipes. From Pumpkin Cookies, to Pickled Wieners and even Pad Thai courtesy of my Uncle Bun (who is Vietnamese and Laotian).

This chocolate cake is very basic, and was meant to be served hot in a bowl, with milk poured over it. It’s still eaten that way by my uncles. Every ingredient and item cost money. My grandma at the time with 7 kids never made frosting it could be expensive so the simple adornment of fresh milk is what they did.

Chocolate Cake:

2 Cups Sugar

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup Oil

2 1/2 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup Cocoa

1 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 cup Milk

1 cup hot water

Mix together sugar, oil, and eggs.  Combine flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda.  Add vanilla. Alternate flour  milk into sugar mixture.  Add Hot water last. It will be a liquid mixture.  Grease and flour 2- 9″ pans. pouring batter evenly into both. Bake in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

I decided to make a cooked frosting, which was my disaster which I shall share with you. I did not beat the egg whites hard enough while over the double boiler. So hence a very runny frosting. Makes the cake look shiny though.  It does taste good, too.  I always say it doesn’t have to look good to taste good.

 

Enjoy. You might try it like I said, hot out of the oven with milk poured over it. You don’t know what you are missing.

 

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60 Years Parents = Kids, Kids = Grand-kids Grand-kids = Great Grand-kids and Family= Cake

this will be a post of my family. Of my grandparent’s 60 years of love coming together. Enjoy

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60 Years and Four Generation's and their families. Missing aunt Joan who passed away 9 years ago. cousin Mark and his wife were not able to make it. My husband is also missing.

60 Years and Four Generation’s and their families. Missing aunt Joan who passed away 9 years ago. Cousin Mark and his wife were not able to make it. My husband is also missing.

7 children originally, 1 deceased. Can you believe how small my grandmother is?

7 children originally, 1 deceased. Can you believe how small my grandmother is?

Just missing my husband. gonna have to photoshop his head in.

Just missing my husband. gonna have to photoshop his head in.

Just Us! Long time since we did just one of these.

Just Us! Long time since we did just one of these. and no I am not pregnant!

Grandkids, but missing one

Grandkids, but missing one

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I promised Cake, We always have cake at any family event.

Cake

 

No, I did not make this, nor did my family. We had wayy too much food to cook.  Haha Later post for you to peruse. How to cook for at least 75 people. and the extras that show up for the free food. (HA)

 

page1Thank you for allowing me to share my family with you! They have been the reason I learned to cook and why I still continue to do it even now.  Without family there would be no food, laughter, love and enjoyment.

I am missing a picture of the great greats (kids) I will post it later.

 

 

Coffee Cake: For the Coffee Peeps

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Originally from THE OLD FARMERS EVERYDAY COOKBOOK ALMANAC:

I had never seen a recipe where that had you add the baking soda to the sour cream and allowing it to double in size. I thought I ought to try it

Okay and I know what some of you readers might be thinking. Sour cream in cake? Yes it’s true that lovely dollop of cream you add to your tacos or to a baked potato is also a great moisturizer for cake.

The Recipes is pretty Easy:

For the Filling:

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Cake:

3/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup of butter

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

QUICK FIX: BRING ALL INGREDIENTS TO ROOM TEMPERATURE. IF THE FAT IS TOO COLD OR TOO HOT, IT WONT INCORPORATE ENOUGH AIR INTO THE BATTER FOR RISING.

 

In a separate bowl, mix the “filling” together. Preheat your oven to 350 , the recipe calls for a bread pan I used a bundt pan, greased and floured. Although using a bundt pan there is not a lot of batter to work with so keep that in mind.

In a small bowl stir sour cream and baking soda together, allowing it to increase in size. (5-10 minutes, its very noticeable)

Cream butter and sugar together, add egg, then add the sour cream mixture. Beat in flour and baking powder. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed.

(This is where I should say if you don’t have a mixer, then so many strokes such and such, but I really would have to look that up)

Pour half the batter in the pan, smoothing it out, add filling over the batter, then layer the rest of the batter over it.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, allow to cool for 10 minutes.

I made a simple icing and topped the icing with the remaining filling. It tastes yummy, but you can also leave it alone.

It’s a great little cake to have for meetings for friends over coffee or tea, hence the term coffee cake.