Mafioso Chocolate Cake

Mafioso Chocolate Cake


"This is an old Italian family recipe for a cake we make at every big holiday. We actually lost the recipe for a while, and holidays just weren't the same. Then were overjoyed to recover it after a friend reminded us we had given it to her! We call it "The Cake That Saved Christmas." A chocolate delight any gangster would love."


servings 340 cals
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Original recipe yields 18 servings



  • Calories:
  • 340 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 12.7 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 56.6g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 30 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 119 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup cocoa and 3/4 cup boiling water; set aside.
  2. In another small bowl, dissolve baking soda in the sour cream by stirring them together.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the 1/2 cup butter and 2 cups sugar. To the butter and sugar mixture, alternately add the sifted flour and the cocoa mixture with the sour cream mixture. Beat until fluffy. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold in the egg whites and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla.
  4. Grease a 9x13 inch pan and pour the batter into it. Bake at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 50 minutes. Frost with La Famiglia Chocolate Frosting (below).
  5. To Make La Famiglia Chocolate Frosting: Cream 6 tablespoons butter or margarine in a small bowl. Add 3/4 cup cocoa and confectioner's sugar alternately with milk; beat until spreading consistency. More or less milk can be used depending on the texture you want. Blend in the vanilla. This yields about 2 cups of frosting.
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  1. 56 Ratings


Very good chocolate cake! It's definitely much better than a cake mix! I didn't have cake flour and found that I could use 1 3/4 c. of all purpose flour and 1/4 c. of cornstarch as a substitu...

I usually make a chocolate cake using a box and adding pudding but decided to try to make one from scratch this year. I have dear friends that just love a good chocolate cake. I tried this recip...

I really loved this recipe and so did my boyfriend, his coworkers, and my clients. Yesterday, a client to whom I gave a cupcake version two weeks ago came back and raved! A couple of notes- th...

OH MY. What a delicious, special dessert. I added about 1/2 tsp almond to both the cake batter and the frosting. Very similar to Molten Choc Cakes in taste and texture, but easier to do in a ...

After making this cake a second time and following the directions to the letter(with the slight exception of adding a 1/4 cup more dutch processed cocoa to the batter)I still have to say this is...

This cake tasted sinful. It was very moist and rich. I used it to make a four layer cake for my husband's college graduation party and everyone requested to take home the leftovers.

I must say, the cake IS worth the effort of making it. It was very moist and had a good rich chocolate flavor. I would make it again.

awesome!! completly worth the shopping trip and effort, paired it with my great grandmother's fudge frosting and white chocolate drizzle, and doubled the recipe, and did it up proper, as a layer...

I didn't like the way this cake tasted at all. The frosting was too cocoa tasting and the cake was a dry texture.