You know where really good recipes come from?
I’ll tell you.
From friends of friends of aunties and grandmas. When my lovely Krissy told me about this one, from her Aunt Cec, I listened. After all, she’s given me nearly all my go-to recipes I pull out to impress guests.
What I loved about this one, is that in Krissy’s family, it’s only for special occasions. This cake is not to be pulled out for just any old Tuesday.
So….if you decide to copy it off (and you’d be bat poop crazy not to) you must promise to only use under these circumstances:
- The first time you DON’T get carded when buying booze at the local Piggly Wiggly.
- The day your baby goes to Kindergarten. Just a warning: this day is coming soon for me. Prepare yourself for drippy, sentimental blog posts.
- The day your Middler comes home from camp.
Otherwise, you are just disrespecting the cake.
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 1 3/4 Cup Flour
- 3/4 Cup Hershey’s Cocoa
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 Cup milk
- 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Boiling Water
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 2 minute. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
Pour into pans.
Bake 30-35 minutes
- 1/2 Cup butter
- 1/2 Cup Crisco
- 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
- 5 Cups powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp. Milk
In large bowl, cream butter and shortening with mixer. Add vanilla, gradually add sugar beating well on medium. Scrape sides often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will be dry. Add milk and beat at high speed until light and fluffy. Keep covered with a damp cloth and refrigerate.
*Note: There is a chocolate frosting you can use with this cake. I don’t use it, I use the Buttercream. Chocolate on Chocolate is a little much for my taste.
If you are a Psycho Chocoholic:
Perfectly Chocolate Frosting
- 1 stick Butter
- 2/3 Cup Cocoa
- 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Milk
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk, if needed. Stir in Vanilla.
*Note: BE careful. This much chocolate has been known to kill people.