The other day, I stopped by my in-laws to pick up my son after work. My MIL (mother-in-law), gave me a piece of cake to try. “It’s a recipe I found in the paper today,” she said. Our local newspaper, The Scranton Times Tribune, has a weekly feature where they select two recipes to showcase in Wednesday’s edition. About a year ago, I was lucky enough to be selected and have my recipe for Braciole featured! It was quite exciting — my 15 seconds of “fame”!
So, I was excited to try a recipe from another local cook! The recipe below is from Nancy Gaughan.
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3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup cocoa
2 tsp white vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups water
2/3 cup melted margarine or butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 to 2 Tbsp milk
For cake: Mix dry ingredients. Add melted butter, vanilla, water and vinegar. Grease a 13×9 inch pan and coat with cocoa. Bake at 350 degrees for for 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.
For frosting: In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with a mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 Tbsp of milk. Gradually mix in additional tablespoon of milk until the frosting is smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, add more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting is too thin, gradually add small amounts of powdered sugar until thickened.
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This was perfect! A light, cake with a good crumb. Just chocolately enough. And the frosting was spot on! When I think of a classic chocolate cake (perfect for a homemade birthday cake), this is what comes to mind! I’m so glad my MIL cut this recipe out of the paper and gave it a try! Every cook/baker needs to have a recipe like this in their recipe box! Thanks, Nancy, for a great recipe!
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