Old Time Chocolate Cake

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Here is our Old Time Chocolate Cake.  It is from one of our Antique Recipe collections.  It  calls for butter and lard but as I have never used lard and there is no directions for how much I ended up just doubling the butter.

I have had this recipe out for months and I kept putting off making it.  In my head I was still a little traumatized by the five attempts it took me to get the antique daffodil cake to come out right.  In the end though, I knew I had to make it.  Chocolate cake would make me a hero with the little maniacs this night (as long as I didn’t mess it up).

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Enough delaying, it was now time to start the cake.  The good news is it uses only common ingredients. I always have these ingredients in the house so not much planning is required to throw this together.

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In a large mixing bowl I combine 1 1/4 cup flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 8 teaspoons cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon baking soda.

The cinnamon is really delicious in this cake both Em and her sister (the first people to try it) noticed it right away.

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Next in a separate bowl I mixed 2 eggs and 1 cup of milk.

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Then the egg and milk went into the dry ingredients followed by a stick (1/2 cup) of melted butter.  I used a hand mixer to combine for a couple minutes.

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There were no instructions on how to cook the cake once the batter was made.  I decided on baking them in two old fashioned cake pans (which turned out perfect) at 350 degrees.  I sprayed the pans and divided the batter between them using no precise measuring.

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I checked them at 30 minutes but they did not look done.  40 minutes was the magic number and they came out to cool in the pans.  The cakes didn’t rise much which was sort of concerning to me at the time.

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I was pretty happy I used the 2 cakes pans because it gave me a chance to frost and top one on the other one for a double layer chocolate cake.

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In the end my concerns were unfounded as it tasted delicious and I received raves from family.  It is a much denser texture then you would find from a cake today and not overly chocolate-y (even doused in chocolate frosting).  The great thing about this cake it how simple it is to throw together.  Start to finish it can be cooling in a hour so it is easy to make on short notice.

I will certainly be making this again.

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Old Time Chocolate Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Blogging with Apples
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 8
An old time chocolate cake!
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 small cake pans.
  2. In large combine combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda. Mix well.
  3. In another bowl whisk 2 eggs and milk until well combined.
  4. Pour milk and eggs into large bowl with dry ingredients and beat with hand mixer for 1 minute.
  5. Pour in melted butter and continue mixing another minute.
  6. Split batter between two cake pans.
  7. Bake in oven 40 minutes until done.
  8. Allow to cool in pans and then layer and frost!

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Jeff McIntosh

About Jeff McIntosh

Jeff's family lives in his childhood home on a 1/4 acre in town lot. Despite the small space to work with, they have challenged ourselves to produce as much of our own food as possible — and cook it! They document their journey at Blogging with Apples.