Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake for Ethan.
It was my pleasure to make a chocolate cake for little Ethan's boy shower. Todd is adamant that there will be no girly things for his son so I tossed aside my idea of a baby shower cake and went for chocolate cake appropriate for a toddler.

This recipe is one that I have used for ages and it always turns out really nice and moist. A bit heavy but it holds up well with frosting.

The one key trick is to sift together the flour and cocoa. After i sift it once I resift it once more just by scooping it up and letting it fall through again.


I just use an ordinary sieve. Nothing fancy for this recipe. I just mix it with a wisk. No beaters needed but you can use them if you like.

3 cups of flour

1/2 cup of cocoa

2 cups of white sugar. ( I saw that grimace)

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking soda

2 farm fresh eggs (smile)

1 cup of oil (more grimaces)

1 cup of buttermilk or sour milk (sour milk is 2 tsp. white vinegar added to milk)

1 cup of hot coffee

1 tsp. vanilla


Sift together flour, cooca, sugar salt and baking soda into a large bowl.
Make a well into the center.

Set aside.

In another bowl . ..

beat eggs, add oil, and buttermilk.

Pour this into the well. Add the coffee and vanilla.

Pour it into a 9 X 13 pan or two round pans.

Bake at 350 degrees

35 for round or up to 45 for rectangular.

You should check it towards the end with a toothpick. It should come out clean.



I cut the layers in half and spread some runny raspberry jam on them.
I whipped some cream and added a little instant chocolate pudding to that

to make is more stable. I put the filling between the layers,

and let it set until I finished the frosting.

I made some butter chocolate frosting.


To finish it I threw some john deere impliments on top.

then Ishowed it to Ethan and he was happy with it.


Is he not the cutest little guy? He had on his big boy overalls.



Richard and Dorothy graciously hosted the party. Todd and Nancy

still look so pleased with their new addition.

Ethan was being passed around through out the entire evening.

Fun was had by all.


I'm off on a date today. I'm posting early so I'll be ready to run out the door.

Have a wonderful day my friends.

9 comments:

  1. What a darling baby - he reminds me of my little boys when they were babies. I dressed them all in OshKosh overalls!
    Thanks for the recipe Lovella - I've been looking for a made from scratch chocolate cake recipe that turns out as well as my Duncan Heinz mix. I'll give it a try!

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  2. I love the John Deere implements on the top of the cake! Ethan does look very pleased with the cake.

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  3. We had lots of fun at the party! Your chocolate cake was delicous, thanks for posting the recipe. The raspberry jam added a really nice touch - I also loved the chocolate whipped cream. Yum!

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  4. Ethan is a real cutey- what a grand smile he gave you in appreciation of you not coming with a 'pretty' cake. (where did you learn to decorate?:) I will bake one to take to the kids this weekend. Enjoy your date. Kathy

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  5. Wow, Betty Crocker and I are best friends, I really should step out of my 'box' and make a cake from stratch once. Looks delicious and I'm sure Ethan is well deserving of it!
    Good to wave to you today at Timmy's!! :)

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  6. Hi Lovella, you had a beautiful day for your date! Hope you did something outside.
    Ethan is a cutie, isn't he? And what boy wouldn't love your chocolate cake...bet he would have loved to have it all to himself!!
    But I'm secretly hoping you will have a little girl to decorate cakes for -- soon!! smile

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  7. Ethan's a cutie patootie. Love the visual cake making process.

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  8. I dropped by to write out the recipe and I enlarged the cake this time to have a good look. How cleaver, I do believe I see that the tracker has a load of baby soap to keep Ethan squeaky clean.

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  9. Hi Lovella,

    Ethan is definitely a cutie. Scott ran into Todd in the hospital when they were about to have the baby - we of course were visiting Scott's mom. A bunch of us used to hang out with Todd all of the time - I thought it was funny to see him involved in a bunch of pics on your blog - How do you know each other? Hope you have a fun date!!!

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Thank you!