Monday, April 25, 2011

Sour Milk? Make Cake!

I have managed to use up most of the sour milk in my fridge this past week.  I had one last ditch effort before Easter.  I needed the fridge space- so I whipped up the world's greatest chocolate cake.  Well, at least in my world...

This is my favorite recipe of my Grandmother's.  It's the perfect chocolate cake and is a very reliable recipe.  It's moist, uniform, and chocolaty delicious.  Grandma has it earmarked in the old 4-H cookbook from the 60's.  I remember the race home after school to just "stop in" to visit my grandparents and look if Grandma had been baking.

My Grandparents lived two blocks away from us and operated the old "motor court"; which are more commonly known as a motel.  I would walk the "long" way home to follow the railroad tracks and drop in.  It was a real treat to find some chocolate cake waiting.

Sour Milk Chocolate Cake Recipe:
2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup sour milk
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup BOILING water

First you cream the shortening and sugar, add the eggs and stir.  Slowly add the milk, soda, etc. Add flour and mix 3 minutes.  Finally, add the boiling water and blend until mixed.  Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 pan.  Bake at 35o degrees for 35 minutes, but my Grandmother says to test it before removing.  Occasionally, it needs a few more minutes to bake the center.

My favorite way to frost this cake is with a simple chocolate frosting.

What is your favorite recipe you have been handed down?

15 comments:

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Leslie said...

Do you use cake flour or just all purpose?

Plain Graces said...

We use plain, ordinary all purpose flour. You definetly could try cake flour- let me know how it turns out.

Anonymous said...

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Cheryl Crawford said...

Best choc cake. Yummy. So moist.

Cheryl Crawford said...

Best choc cake. Yummy. So moist.

Cheryl Crawford said...

Best choc cake. Yummy. So moist.

Cheryl Crawford said...

Best choc cake. Yummy. So moist.

Cheryl Crawford said...

Best choc cake. Yummy. So moist.

Cheryl Crawford said...

Best choc cake. Yummy. So moist.

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