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Great Aunt Lola's Chocolate Cake

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“One of my Great Aunt Lola's recipes from a TEENY lil' town in Bridgeport, Ill. She lived to be 93! The chocolate icing is just like FUDGE!!!”
1hr 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large bowl, mix flour, sugars, soda and cinnamon.
  2. In heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat til melted and just UNDER a boil, don't boil!, the 2 sticks butter, 4 Tbl. cocoa and the 1 cup water.
  3. Pour over dry ingredients.
  4. Stir. Add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Stir well til all is combined.
  5. I use a large whisk for this.
  6. Scrape sides and bottom to incorporate all til smooth, but you don't have to over-mix. Pour into greased and floured 13x9 pan.
  7. I use my old metal one for this, *it seems to come out MUCH better than using a glass one.
  8. Bake in 350º oven for 35-40 minutes, test with a toothpick.
  9. Remove from oven and while cooling, make icing.
  10. Fudge Icing:
  11. In heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt and bring just UNDER a boil, the butter, cocoa and cream or milk.
  12. Stir in quickly the powdered sugar and vanilla til creamy.
  13. Then QUICKLY spread/pour over warm cake. Spread icing evenly over top.
  14. Chill in fridge til set.
  15. *For the icing, it's 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar or 1 (1 lb. ) box. It doesn't want to show up in the recipe.

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