CHRISTENSEN'S CAFE CHOCOLATE BIRTHDAY CAKE

 

  • Cooking Time: 25
  • Servings: 16
  • Preparation Time: 30

Backstory

My grandfather and grandmother, Oscar and Cassie Christensen owned a little cafe in a small town in Iowa. They had many great recipes for old-fashioned comfort food, but one of my favorites was this chocolate cake recipe. I make it for all my family's birthdays.

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup butter (scant)
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • Frosting:
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 7 Tbsp. milk
  • Dash of salt
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate

Directions

  • Cake:
  • Prepare two 8 inch round cake pans by lining with Reynolds Parchment Paper.
  • Melt chocolate, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water.
  • Add 1 cup cold water to this mixture and cool.
  • Cream remaining sugar, butter and egg yolks.
  • In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and soda.
  • Add dry ingredients alternately with chocolate mixture to sugar and butter mixture.
  • Add vanilla and vinegar.
  • Beat egg whites stiffly and fold in.
  • Pour cake batter evenly into the two cake pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  • Cool cakes on cooling rack.
  • Remove from cake pans and frost.
  • Frosting:
  • Add milk to sugar. Melt butter and chocolate squares and add to sugar mixture. Beat until of spreading texture and frost cakes.

Author Credit: Oscar and Cassie Christensen

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