Our Favorite Chocolate Cake

Our Favorite Chocolate Cake

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Jeannette Gartner
Recipe by  Jeannette Gartner

“This is the cake my family always traditionally took on picnics and any other family get-together. Cream may be substituted for the milk for a richer cake.”

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Original recipe yields 1 - 13x9 inch cake pan



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 13x9 inch cake pan.
  2. Cream together the shortening and the white sugar. Add the melted chocolate and eggs, mix well.
  3. Sift the flour with baking soda and salt. Add alternately with 1 cup milk to shortening mixture. Mix in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the center of the cake comes out clean. Once cool frost with Coffee Frosting.
  5. To Make Frosting: Mix together instant or leftover coffee, 1/4 cup milk or cream, cocoa powder, butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and confectioners' sugar until of spreading consistency.

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Reviews (21)

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I made the cake part only, not the frosting. I had to add another ounce of chocolate because it wasn't chocolate-y enough for us. I made cupcakes, baked for about 15 minutes, then watched them closely til done (around 18 minutes). Moist, with a nice taste and texture. I'm pleased with this recipe.



this cake has a very rich choclate flavour and a very moist texture that melts in the mouth.



wow. this cake is so good. i added a little maple flavoring and some sweetened dark chocolate. for 2 9' round pans it took 30 minutes exactly. another thing i liked is that it didnt turn all round on top like the box cakes. i was able to put the two on top of each other without them breaking! thanks for the great recipe!!

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Amount Per Serving (14 total)

  • Calories
  • 436 cal
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 15.9 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs
  • 72.2 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 4.1 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 229 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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