Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chocolate Birthday Cake from Joan Jensen

I no longer have Mom's original birthday cake recipe, but this one is just as good. Mom used to wash and boil coins (2 each of quarters, dimes. nickles, pennies). After the layer cake saw baked but before frosting, she would cut slight small slits near the edge of the cake, equally spaced and radiating out from the center. Then she would slip a coin into each slit. Half the fun of eating the cake was to fine the coin!

3 squares melted cooled chocolate (unsweetened I assume)
1/2 cup soft butter
2 1/4 cup brown sugar (one box)
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sour cream
1 cup boiling water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Melt and cool the chocolate. Prepare cake pans. (2 or 3?) Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, chocolate and vanilla. Mix in the baking soda and salt, then flour until completely combined. Fold in the sour cream. Add the boiling water, mix quickly, pour into pans and bake.

After completely cool and coins are added, frost.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

4 squares milted cooled chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1 package powdered sugar (about 2 1/4 cups)
1/2 cup milk or cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt

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