Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Earlier this week we celebrated the 17th birthday of our youngest child.  I can’t believe that he is already in his senior year of high school!  He sure has grown from the tiny 7-pound bundle he was at birth to the 6’2″ lanky young man he is now!

No, he is not usually this serious! He is actually quite the fun-loving kid!

Chocolate cake is always a favorite cake for birthdays around here.  This year I made it totally from scratch using recipes in my favorite Fannie Farmer Cookbook.  Served with vanilla ice cream, it was a hit with everyone!

1-2/3 c. flour

1 c. sugar

1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. buttermilk*

1/2 c. oil

2 tsp. vanilla

Butter and lightly flour two 8-inch round cake pans. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Add the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, beating until smooth. Spread in the pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.(Layers do not rise as high as  box cake mix layers do.) Cool for 5 minutes in the pans before turning out on to a cooling rack.  Frost with Creamy Chocolate Frosting.

*If you do not have buttermilk, you can sour a cup of milk by adding 1 tbsp. lemon juice or white vinegar to the milk.  Let it sit for about 10 minutes before adding it to the cake.


2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate

1 c. sugar

3 tbsp. cornstarch

1 c. boiling water

1 tbsp. butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1/8 tsp. salt

Combine the chocolate, sugar, and cornstarch in a heavy-bottomed pan. Stir in the boiling water and cook over moderate heat about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth. Remove from the heat and add the butter, vanilla, and salt. Beat well with a wooden spoon until smooth and shiny.  This makes enough to fill and frost an 8-inch or 9-inch two-layer cake.

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The Mrs. G's

A mother-daughter project (our married names both begin with G) to rejuvenate our love of cooking and make meals creative and exciting! And now that I (mom) have discovered the Trim Healthy Mama way of cooking, I am trying to incorporate more healthful recipes!

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