Mom’s Chocolate Cake

Are you like me and are baking and cooking a ton right now? It is getting old staying inside, but let’s face it we are all safe at home right now. This global pandemic has to end soon, or the Freshman 15 will turn into the Covid-19 plus some! I have not baked or cooked anything new lately, but plan on getting back to the blog this week. I have this one recipe of my mom’s though and I thought I would share.

My mom didn’t like cooking much, but I will have to say, she loved baking. I could never replicate her pie crusts, or her famous nut rolls she made every Christmas. I have tried to make her nut rolls, and that is for a future post! When I was older, she learned how to make homemade chocolate at Easter and that I may have been able to replicate. That’s for a later post though too!

She honestly was famous for her Chocolate Cake. She made it in a 9×11 glass pan. I don’t think it lasted more than two days in my house when I was growing up.

I think there was a story floating around that my brother used to ask her for two pieces in his lunch, so he could sell one of them for a quarter!

This cake is super moist. I don’t think you even need to ice it, but I do because, well, it looks pretty! Nothing too sweet though, don’t use an icing from a can on it, it will be too sweet.


2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup oil (I use canola, vegetable is fine)
2 unbeaten eggs
2 ½ cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
5 Tablespoons cocoa
1 cup hot water
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla


Place all ingredients in a large bowl.  Beat 2 minutes. I prefer the cupcakes for this cake, it’s easier for my family!

Bake at 350 degrees

  • 25-25 minutes for layer pans
  • 45 minutes for an oblong pan (9 x 13)
  • 20-30 minutes for cupcakes

Simple Icing recipe:

6 TBSP unsalted butter softened
2 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt

Let the cake cool, and spread frosting on top. You can decorate it with mini chocolate chips or shaved chocolate, or chocolate sprinkles.


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Hello! My name is Lori. Welcome to my blog! I love comfort food! The old fashioned recipes that I grew up with! I love DIY projects! Refinishing something in my house, or finding antiques or something at the thrift shop and turning into something new again. I hope I can inspire you to try a renovation, craft, or recipe in your home.

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