Saturday, September 4, 2010

Miss Ginger's Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Since I happened upon this recipe a couple months ago, I've made it a few times. Okay, well, maybe more than a few times. The kids always ask when I am going to make it again.

I've taken this to bunco, I've made it for guests, and everyone loves it. Even the people who aren't the biggest fans of chocolate generally find a place in their hearts for it. It's that good.

I can't claim any responsibility for this particular recipe at all. It's from a friend of mine from waaaaaaay back in the day. One of those people that came back into my life via the wonder that is Facebook. She's living in Colorado too these days, and though we don't see each other often, I think it helps both of us to know that the other is here.

Ginger gave me permission to share this recipe with you all, so I thank her. And you will all thank her too.

You can find her here online:

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 sticks butter
- 6 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla

Mix flour, sugar and baking soda in large bowl. Over low heat, melt butter with cocoa powder and water, stirring. Pour over dry ingredients and mix, then add vanilla and buttermilk.

Pour into greased 9X13 pan, bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes (for you sea level folks), 25 minutes (for us high altituders). Let cake cool in pan completely before icing.

- 1 stick butter
- 6 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- about 4 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter with cocoa powder and buttermilk over low heat (I use a big enough saucepan that I can just make the frosting in it rather than use a bowl too). Remove from heat and add vanilla. Then sugar a cup at a time, stirring until smooth. Let cool for a minute or two, then spread over cooled cake. The icing takes a bit to get the hang of...if you let it sit too long, it will thicken too much, but if you do it too fast, it will be runny when you are trying to spread it. It's so worth getting the hang of.

1 comment:

  1. So glad that you love this cake...and for the record....I cried in frustration the first time I made the icing.

    Ohh and you can, if you want add nuts after spreading the icing. My mom would sometimes add chopped Walnuts, I'm not a huge nut fan so I always skip them...but others might like to add them...I bet pecans or even chopped cashews would be good


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