Grandmothers’ Chocolate Cake

Ingredients & Directions

1 1/2 c + 1 tablespoon cocoa powder -softened
1 1/4 c Boiling water 2 3/4 c Brown sugar
1 1/2 c Cake flour 3 lg Eggs
1 1/2 c + 2 tablespoons all purpose 1 1/4 c Buttermilk
-flour 1 1/4 ts Vanilla
l 1/4 teaspoons baking powder Bittersweet Chocolate
1 1/4 ts Baking soda -Frosting (see recipe)
5 Ounces sweet butter,

4 Ounces bittersweet chocolate pn Salt
8 Ounces unsweetened chocolate 2 ts Vanilla
8 Ounces sweet butter 7/8 c (1 cup minus 2 tablespoons)
3 1/2 c Powdered sugar -milk

Charles Franz requested this cake for his second birthday from Stars’
dessert ace Emily Luchetti. She says, “Half of this recipe comes
from my grandmother, and the other half from my husband’s
grandmother. I grew up eating the chocolate frosting and husband grew
up eating the cake. Put the components together and all that’s
missing is a tall glass of milk.”

Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter three 9-inch round cake pans. Whisk
together the cocoa and the boiling water in a bowl, making a smooth
paste. Set aside to cool.

Sift together the cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and
baking soda.

Put the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. With
the paddle attachment, cream them on medium-high speed for 2 minutes,
until light and fluffy,

Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Decrease
speed to low, and stir in the dry ingredients alternate with the
buttermilk. Stir in the reserved cocoa paste and the vanilla.

Divide the batter evenly among the 3 pans. Bake for about 25 minutes,
until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. When the
cakes are cool, unmold them by running a knife around inside edge of
each pan and inverting onto racks.

Fill and frost with Bittersweet Chocolate Frosting, making a 3-layer

Serves 10 to 12.

PER SERVING (frosted): 840 calories, 11 g protein, 118 g
carbohydrate, 43 g fat (26 g saturated), 123 mg cholesterol, 225 mg
sodium, 6 g fiber.


Melt the chocolates and the butter over a pot of simmering water. Let
the mixture cool to lukewarm.

Sift together the powdered sugar and salt into a large bowl. Combine
the vanilla and the milk. Whisk the milk into the powdered sugar.
Add the melted chocolate mixture and stir until smooth.

From San Francisco Chronicle, 6/29/92.

10 servings

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