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Friday, September 19, 2014

Family Recipe Friday - Never Fail Chocolate Cake

Originally published in the Huntsville (Ark.) Record, this is another recipe from my grandmother's cookbook, and a very tasty, moist chocolate cake. We've baked a few of these over the summer.

Never Fail Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar
2 cups cake flour
½ cup cocoa powder
1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup canola oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup hot water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Mix wet ingredients, except hot water, in a separate bowl, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.  Add hot water and mix.  Batter will be thin.

Pour into a prepared 10 ½ x 15 ½ pan.  Bake for approximately 30 – 40 minutes or until tester comes out clean.


1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup milk
½ stick butter (4 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put all ingredients except vanilla in a saucepan and mix.  Bring mixture to a boil, boil for 1 minute.  Add vanilla, then beat the mixture until it cools (putting the saucepan in a bowl of ice water while you beat the frosting will cool it faster).  Spread over warm cake. 

This is a very moist cake.  You can sprinkle chopped nuts on top if you wish.

Recipe originally from the Huntsville (Arkansas) Record.

1 comment:

  1. Pam,

    This cake looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!