Thursday, January 30, 2014

Empty no more....

Remember this from an earlier post?

How could it be left empty on National Chocolate Cake Day?!?

Well, I have a story to share with you.  When The Husband and I were first married, we lived in a small town in an adjoining county.  In January of 1970, those fronts from the Gulf seemed to come through every Monday bringing along snow!  Consequently, there were many snow days that year.  It was on one such day that I first baked this cake and invited a couple of neighbors to come for cake and coffee.  I have baked it many times in the past 44 years, and it seemed appropriate to bring it out again for baking on a "snow day!"  I have no idea how I came across the recipe to begin with, so I am unable to give credit to any specific source.

2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons cocoa
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
- Cream butter and shortening, adding sugar gradually.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Sift dry ingredients.  Add to other mixture alternately with milk.  Add vanilla.  Bake in greased and floured tube or Bundt pan one hour and 15 minutes at 325 degrees F.

Ready for the oven.


Cooling in the pan.

Wait a minute!  Someone has sneaked a taste!

 It would appear that the mixing wasn't done quite perfectly.:-(  No problem!  Just sprinkle powdered sugar over it if you want it to look nicer on top.:-)   A glaze would be good, too.:-)  The Husband likes it plain, so no sugar or glaze on top.

This cake freezes well - if it lasts long enough.:-)  It is easy to see that The Husband has been enjoying it.:-) 

I'm going to mark the date on my calendar so I'm not caught with no chocolate cake on this very special day next year!

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. Morning, Nellie. That cake looks delicious. Our hubbys would make perfect partners. Mine only likes the frosting and not the between them they could polish off a frosted cake!

    Hope you have a good day. We have 4" more of snow coming today- YUCK! xo Diana

  2. Yeah... jood job Nellie. I love baking cakes in a tube or bunt pan. It makes slicing so easy. Better take a peek at your cake plate. I bet the cake is getting smaller every time you look.

  3. Alright. I tell you it's iffy on me cooking or baking but this recipe look's so yummy - I'm BACK TO being inspired. I could make this right? We'll sure see! :-D

  4. It looks so yummy and I love pound cake. Your snow looks amazing. I hope it warms up soon but I love how clean every thing looks.

  5. My oh my... I hope you saved me a piece, I've got my coffee and mouth all ready!

  6. A perfect cake for a snow party, Nellie. I'm so glad that gorgeous cake now has a chocolate "hat." Thanks for sharing...

  7. The cake looks and sounds delicious. I do like a lot of frosting on my cake though! :-)

  8. I've copied the recipe and will certainly try it.
    Looks delicious.

  9. Hi Nellie , the cake looks gorgeous and it will not last a day at my house , thanks for sharing :)

  10. Oh, you know how much I love chocolate! I'll be printing this one for future reference, for sure! :-)

  11. Looks scrumptious!! Yummieee! How are you - other than busy. How do you fit all this into a day? Love your cozy blog. Like visiting with an old friend!

  12. Love your cake. Sounds delicious!! It has come out very well...
    Happy weekend!!

  13. Love your cute empty cake stand! Your chocolate cake looks and sounds great i will have to look for a bunt pan as i dont have one if you can believe that! Enjoy your weekend nellie!!

  14. I remember that year well. My second son was born and I did not think the snow and ice would ever ever ever abate. We were afraid of getting to the hospital when I started labor. He was born January 14th. Hubby had dug out a spot on the street and asked neighbors to leave that place alone and they did. Good thing too as it was a vicious, snowy icy night when we left for the hospital.