Friday, February 09, 2007

Valentine's Day...Chocolate Edition

So its my friend Overwhelmed's Favorite Ingredient Friday Valentines Day Chocolate I'm sharing a family recipe...a chocolate cake old fashioned style....very good....very old recipe....great grandmothers recipe....when you try it let me know what you thought.....we all love it.

Mama's Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. In a saucepan, melt 1 cup of butter. Stir in 1 cup water and 4 tablespoons cocoa powder. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, dissolve the baking soda in 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the cooled cocoa mixture.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the cocoa buttermilk mixture. Stir until ble nded. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Ice the cake with Buttermilk Pecan Icing while it's still warm.
  4. For the icing: In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter with 4 tablespoons cocoa. Stir in 1/3 cup buttermilk, and heat until almost boiling. Stir in confectioners' sugar, vanilla, salt and pecans. Remove from heat. Mix well and pour o ver warm cake.

    I love this cake and so does my family.....I will be making it this Valentines Day......if you have never made a homemade cake try this one and let me know what you's not that hard.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend...I have our Valentine Banquet on Saturday night I'm in charge of.....we will decorate tomorrow far Madison and Miller are healthy...need I not jinks is watching the kids all night so we can have some alone time...maybe breakfast in bed? LOL!!!! Madison has Volly Ball tryouts tomorrow and acting lessons along with a soccer game.
Pray she stays healthy to do this, and makes it to all.
Have a great Friday friends!


Tina Leigh said...

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE!! Yeah Baby!! Jen thanks for adding 5 pounds to my belly by just posting a picture! Bad girl!! Hope you have a great weekend!!

Jessica said...

oooooooo, this looks good to me! Thanks for sharing!

Jill said...

Yum! That lookds decadent! Especially alongside one of my chocolate martinis! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

annie said...

This looks so good. My mom makes a chocolate sheet cake from scratch that is so good, this looks gooeyer(SP?) which is always a plus!!!
Have a great Friday.

Dee said...

YUM!!!! i am going to DEFINITELY treat (and surprise) my family with this on V-Day! ;)

thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

That cake looks amazing! It's making me very hungry at the moment! ha! My blog SHOULD be up & running again now...finally. =)

FamilySnows said...

Oh wow - and the picture...mmmmmmm good!

Nicole said...

I can feel the fat growing on my legs and I am just looking at the picture. That looks AMAZING!!!

Overwhelmed! said...

I love family recipes! When I try yours I'll try to remember to let you know how it turned out. I'm sure it'll taste fabulous!

Thanks so much, Jen, for participating in my Favorite Ingredients Friday- Valentine’s Day chocolate edition recipe exchange. I’m having so much fun with this one!

Laura said...

I cannot resist to a Chocolate Cake. Yours seems to be delicious. Thanks for the photo. I want a slice...

Barb said...

Wow! Your great grandmother's recipe. How blessed you are to have it and this cake sounds wonderful.

Kathleen Marie said...

Homemade is always the best and with pecans it is even better! This looks just luscious! Thank you ♥

Kim said...

Wow, that looks's low fat, right?

Have a great weekend.

gail said...

Oh wow! That looks so chocolate. And I second what Kim said, low fat right?!

Larae said...

Oh jeez that just looks heavenly. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing & Happy Valentine's Day! =)

Anonymous said...

OMG! Yummy. Thanks for the great recipe!

Magi said...

That picture totally sold this recipe. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

OMGosh! I'm totally drooling over that pic!!! Oh man, I want cake now!! don't you know cake is my weakness? It's how I got so fat when prego with the Beast!!!!

Ribbon Rock Star said...

OH MY! I am saving this recipe. I LOOOOVE choco cake!


Kim's Life said...

CHOCOLATE HEAVEN. There goes the diet out the window. How can I not eat this. Thank you so much for this. Im going to make it and enjoy every moment.