Chocolate Cake

It is probably impossible to count the number of these cakes that my grandma has made in her lifetime. It is the one that the family most often requests for birthdays and special occasions. I just celebrated my birthday, and Grandma came through with another scrumptious chocolate cake.


1 Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1-1/3 c. coffee
(Grandma likes Folgers Classic Roast – Instant)
½ c. canola oil
3 large eggs
¾ T butter flavoring
1 scant tsp vanilla flavoring

Preheat oven to according to package instructions.  Spray pan(s) with nonstick cooking spray.

Sift cake mix (or at least run beaters thru the mix to break up clumps).  Add all other ingredients.  Mix on low until moistened (about 30 seconds).  Mix on medium for 2 minutes.  (Can be a 2- or 3-layer cake). Bake according to package instructions.  Cool completely before frosting.

1 – 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
½ c butter or margarine, softened
¼ – ½ tsp salt
5-6 T cocoa
1 T butter flavoring
1 scant tsp vanilla flavoring
5 c powdered sugar

Mix cream cheese, butter or margarine, salt, and cocoa until smooth.  Add butter and vanilla flavorings.  Gradually add powdered sugar.  If too thick, thin by gradually adding small amounts of coffee.  Grandma says, “A little goes a long way.”  Grandma tip:  Dip knife in coffee when smoothing frosting after applying it to the cake.


Grandma M’s Chocolate Sauce

My grandma started serving this dessert sauce many years ago, and it became a favorite in our family.

It’s a thick, almost pudding-like, sauce, and we usually serve it warm over white or yellow cake.

Grandma M’s Chocolate Sauce

1-1/2 c sugar
3 c milk
4 rounded T cocoa
2-1/2 rounded T corn starch
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
5 T butter

Combine dry ingredients, being careful to smooth all lumps. Add milk, one cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.

Place on high heat. Stir constantly until sauce thickens & boils.

Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla.

Serve hot over white or yellow cake.