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    My Mom's Chocolate Cake

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    Hey Jude's Note:

    I can't believe I'm sharing this family recipe. It's the signature Jansen Family Recipe and no family gathering is complete without it. I'm submitting it for a request for recipes and ideas for a sleep-over/birthday party event. It's from my Mom, it's old, I have no idea where it came from. No need to drag out the mix-master for this, just a bowl and a pot is all you need.

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    1. 1
      Combine sugar and flour in a large bowl.
    2. 2
      Boil 1/4 C cocoa, water, 1/2 lb butter in a medium sized sauce pan.
    3. 3
      Pour chocolate mixture over flour and sugar mixture and stir well.
    4. 4
      Add buttermilk, beaten eggs soda and vanilla.
    5. 5
      Pour into a jelly roll pan (which is, roughly, 11x15 and 1 inch deep), bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
    6. 6
      While cake is baking, make frosting.
    7. 7
      Combine frosting ingredients, except for confectioners sugar, in the same sauce pan used for chocolate mixture above (saves washing dishes).
    8. 8
      Boil, then add confectioners sugar.
    9. 9
      Pour over hot cake, sprinkle with nuts, and let set for an hour or two.
    10. 10
      Serve and watch the smiles and requests for the recipe.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 05, 2003


      Oh, yeah...a definite five star recipe! =)Your mom's method of making a chocolate syrup to add to the batter is a new one for me. (I cooled this syrup a bit before adding to flour. Thought it might make the cake dry if it was too hot. How do you do it?) I am sooo happy you shared this family treasure. It certainly was a great hit at work.

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    • on February 26, 2006

      Sounds like Texas Sheet Cake

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    • on March 23, 2004


      This was delicious! And so easy to make! My only problem with the recipe was that it didn't specify how long to boil the cocoa mixture. So I just let it boil for about thirty seconds. I made it in a shaped Dora the Explorer pan for my son's birthday, and it was so so good. Got nothing but compliments on it. I topped it with buttercream frosting instead of what was in the recipe though, because we needed to color the icing. The cake itself was gorgeous; our decorating left a little to be desired, but it tasted fantastic. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for My Mom's Chocolate Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (88 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 291.2
    Calories from Fat 111
    Total Fat 12.3 g
    Saturated Fat 7.6 g
    Cholesterol 48.5 mg
    Sodium 146.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 44.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    Sugars 35.5 g
    Protein 2.2 g

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