Grandma’s Best Chocolate Cake

Grandma’s Best Chocolate Cake
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Super moist, chocolaty and completely delicious!  This decadent chocolate sheet cake is topped with a luscious chocolate icing making it my all-time favorite chocolate cake!  Once slice won’t be enough!

Super moist, chocolaty and completely delicious!  This decadent chocolate sheet cake is topped with a luscious chocolate icing making it my all-time favorite chocolate cake!  Once slice won't be enough!

Today is my baby brother Jared’s birthday.  He’s certainly not a baby anymore – he’s in his 20’s working on his masters, and following his dream of working on the staff of the Tennessee Volunteers Athletics Department.   I really admire Jared’s tenacity and willingness to overcome obstacles in order to get to the next step.  He is goal-driven, smart, and hard-working – he will no doubt go far in life!

Super moist, chocolaty and completely delicious!  This decadent chocolate sheet cake is topped with a luscious chocolate icing making it my all-time favorite chocolate cake!  Once slice won't be enough!

For Jared’s birthday, our Grandma Dona thoughtfully sent him a card with a recipe for her famous chocolate cake.  Grandma Dona is a sweetheart, and like many other grandma’s, will spoil her grand kids with the best goodies.  One of these goodies is her AMAZING Chocolate Cake.  Originally, this was a recipe that her mother-in-law, my Great-Grandma Ruth Deffenbaugh, passed down to her.  There are few things I love more in life than how recipes get passed down from generation to generation.  I am now making it for my family, so this beloved recipe has been passed down 4 generations – my son will be the 5th!

Super moist, chocolaty and completely delicious!  This decadent chocolate sheet cake is topped with a luscious chocolate icing making it my all-time favorite chocolate cake!  Once slice won't be enough!

Here is Grandpa Denny and Grandma Dona with a few of their Great-Grandkids.

GrandmaDona

This photo of Grandma and Grandpa was taken earlier this summer when Harrison and I went back to SD to visit.  I love spending time with our family and Harrison loves getting the chance to play with his cousins, which he only gets to see once a year.  I really enjoy being back home in South Dakota, as it reminds me of how lucky I am to be from a place that really values family.

Super moist, chocolaty and completely delicious!  This decadent chocolate sheet cake is topped with a luscious chocolate icing making it my all-time favorite chocolate cake!  Once slice won't be enough!

Any time we are with Grandma, (either in SD or at their new winter-home in Florida), she will happily whip up this delicious cake.  It is certainly a crowd-pleaser, and a dessert that will bring the entire family together.  She will serve this for a birthday, or for any after-dinner dessert.  Everyone loves the moist, rich cake, and the frosting brings it all together with its chocolaty, sweet goodness.

Super moist, chocolaty and completely delicious!  This decadent chocolate sheet cake is topped with a luscious chocolate icing making it my all-time favorite chocolate cake!  Once slice won't be enough!

Happy Birthday, Jared!  If our family was all together today, I’m sure this chocolate cake would be a part of the celebration.

Grandma's Best Chocolate Cake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
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Super moist, chocolaty and completely delicious! This decadent chocolate sheet cake is topped with a luscious chocolate icing making it my all-time favorite chocolate cake! Once slice won't be enough!
Ingredients
  • 2 c. Sugar
  • 2 c. Flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. butter (1 stick)
  • ½ c. vegetable oil
  • ¼ c. cocoa
  • 1 c. water
  • ½ c. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Frosting:
  • ¼ c. milk
  • 1 c. sugar
  • ¼ c. butter (1/2 stick)
  • ½ c. chocolate chips
  • 1 c. mini marshmallows (or 10 large marshmallows)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In mixing bowl, flour, sugar and salt together. Set aside. In saucepan, add butter, oil, cocoa, and water and on medium bring to a boil. Pour hot liquid over dry ingredients and stir until combined. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk, and add to mixture. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool.
  2. For frosting: In medium saucepan, heat milk, sugar, and butter stirring often. Promptly remove from heat after mixture comes to a boil. Add in chocolate chips and marshmallows, and beat until both are melted and smooth. Let cool for about 1-2 minutes, while stirring often. Pour frosting over cake, and let set up. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this cake as much as our family has over the years.  Thanks to my grandma’s, I’m sure we will enjoy for many more years to come.  ~E

Super moist, chocolaty and completely delicious!  This decadent chocolate sheet cake is topped with a luscious chocolate icing making it my all-time favorite chocolate cake!  Once slice won't be enough!

 

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Comments

  1. that definitely looks like a delicious chocolate cake recipe! Thanks so much for linking up to wake up wednesdays

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Thanks, Heather! It is really delicious – and very easy to make. If you try it out, let me know how you like it. Have a great holiday weekend! ~Erin

  2. Lovely chocolate cake recipe. thanks for sharing it on your blog. I will visit again. Deb @ Kneaded Creations

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Thanks so much, Deb! Have a delightful (couldn’t resist!) holiday weekend! ~Erin

  3. Anything with “Grandma” in the title of the recipe is going to be good in my book. This sounds so yummy and moist. Hope it was a happy birthday for Jared.
    Blessings,
    Nici

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      It is most definitely yummy and moist! Hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend, Nici! ~Erin

  4. Grandma’s cake looks fantastic!

  5. What a delicious looking chocolate cake!!! The frosting sounds delicious, and served with whipped cream and chocolate shavings… it sounds like the ultimate chocolate dessert!!! YUM!!!

  6. Getting THE recipe would be exciting to get in the mail with a card. That was so thoughtful! Already pinned! I’m happy you shared this with us gals with the Show Stopper Saturday link party!

  7. YUM! I can see why it is her best chocolate cake!!!

    Inviting you to link at our SUPER SUNDAY Link Party, live Sat-Tues evenings 🙂

    Lori
    Who Needs A Cape?
    Not Your Average Super Moms…

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      Thanks so much Lori! Stopped by Who Needs a Cape – always love a great Link Party. Thanks for the invite. 🙂

  8. Hello, I was going through my pins looking for a cake recipe for my grandsons 1st birthday, this one sounds delicious. I had one question though, do you use milk or semi sweet chocolate chips for the frosting.? Thanks,

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      What a wonderful grandma! My grandma has made this cake MANY times for us kids to celebrate birthdays, and it is always enjoyed by everyone. I usually use Semi-sweet chocolate chips, but grandma has used both semi-sweet and milk. Both taste great and come out well. Enjoy! ~Erin

  9. omnia says:

    canwe use milkor heavy creaminstead of butter milk

    • delightful.e.made@gmail.com says:

      I would recommend buttermilk, as it reacts with the baking powder to create a fluffy texture in the cake. Enjoy! ~Erin

  10. This cake looks extra yummy!!
    I’m going to try it this weekend.
    Grandma’s know best:)Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with Turn It Up Tuesday:)

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