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My Mom's Chocolate Cake

My Mom's Chocolate Cake

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A simple, old-fashioned chocolate cake. Great with a chocolate glaze.

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  • Calories:
  • 294 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 42.1g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 4.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium:
  • 307 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt together the shortening and cocoa. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and egg. Mix buttermilk with baking soda, salt and vanilla, then blend into chocolate mixture. Beat in flour. Stir in hot water. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
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Unlike the reviewer who described this as light and airy, I agree with Sumchelle that this is a dense cake, rich and moist, but still tender - and definitely not "fluffy." Deep, dark chocolate, stick to your fork delicious! I did use the shortening as called for, and freshly brewed hot coffee rather than the water. So many frostings would work well with this, but I chose Brownie Frosting, also from this site. This satisfies even the most serious chocolate craving!


Excellent. This was easy to whip up and tastes great. I used 1/2 cup butter rather than shortening and added lemon to regular milk since I had no buttermilk. It turned out just like I wanted.


I followed this recipe exactly, and it turned out to be delicious. Instead of making a cake, I made cupcakes and iced them with "Chocolate Frosting III." I made them for both my husband and I to bring to work, and they were devoured! Everyone raved about them!