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Gram's Chocolate Cake

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Serves | Prep Time | Cook Time 35 to 40 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

I love to spend time with my great grandmother. She’s so funny and always so energetic. Every summer on Mother’s Day, we go to her summer house in New York State and eat lunch and spend time together. But there’s one specific Mother’s Day that I remember, my great grandmother and I especially spent time together. We played cards together. We sat next to each other at the dinner table. All together, I always have a good time with my great grandmother.

We walked in the door of my Aunt’s house in New York State. It was a beautiful day out, the birds were singing, breeze was blowing. We eat dinner there every Mother’s Day with my great grandmother for as long as I could remember. I walked in after my dad and mom and sister and shook my grandpa’s hand and my uncle’s hand. I then went over and gave my great grandma a big hug. “How are you gram?” I asked.

“Great, how are you,” she asked.

“Fine, just tired from the long ride up, it seemed to take forever,” I answered.

“Well that’s good,” gram replied.

Boy was I happy to see all of my family.


Later we all sat down at the table for dinner, I sat next to gram of course. We had prime rib; it was so juicy and rare, just how I like it. I sat and talked with my grandmother as I ate my green beans, mashed potatoes, and corn casserole. It was quiet for a few moments as we all really dug in. Then we all socialized while we waited for desert. Then it all came out, some pecan pie, chocolate pie, and of course my gram’s chocolate cake. “Oh…” I said, and I licked my lips as I said it. I cut some and ate it and boy was it good. Then my gram pulled out a deck of cards. She said, “You know how to play poker?”

“No,” I replied.

“Ha ha ha ha ha,” “I’m just playing with you, I didn't actually mean poker!” she said. “So what do you like?” she inquired.

“Go fish,” I replied.

“Okay,” she said.

So we played go fish for the rest of the day until it got dark and I was tired. I hugged my grandma and went upstairs to make my bed for the night.

As I walked up the stairs to bed, I thought about the time I spent with my great grandmother. Man, She’s getting older, at 95, and the times I’m spending with her are getting more valuable.

Memories of my great grandmother are some of the times I will never forget. I will especially never forget how she made this cake for everyone at their birthday, this recipe means a lot to me.

In Loving Memory Of Margaret Lawson

1917 to 2012

Submitted by: "Michael O."

Ingredients You'll Need

1½ squares baking chocolate
¼ cup margarine
½ cup hot water
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup sour milk
1 egg beaten well
1 teaspoon vanilla


In a saucepan, melt baking chocolate and margarine.

Remove from heat and add water, sugar and mix.

Add the flour and salt.

Stir baking soda into sour milk until dissolved and add chocolate mixture along with the egg and vanilla. Pour into 8 x 8-inch square pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.

To sour milk, add 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Source: Family Recipe

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