• Matt Hulsman

Dody’s Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Icing

Nothing rounds out a meal like a piece of delicious chocolate cake. Try this recipe from Recipes from Our Front Porch, the Hemlock Inn’s cookbook.


Wilma Stevens, known to her grandchildren as Dody

Dody’s Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup chocolate icing

Preheat oven to 350˚. Combine flour and sugar in mixing bowl. Put 1 cup water, oil, butter, and cocoa into heavy boiler. Bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add mixture to sugar and flour, beat well. Add buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and salt. Mix until smooth. Pour batter in 9-inch x 13-inch baking pan and bake for 40 minutes. Ice with chocolate icing while still hot. Yield: 18 servings.

Chocolate Icing

  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix milk, cocoa, and butter together, and bring to a boil. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, stirring until well mixed, with no lumps. Yield: ¾ cup.

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Additional recipes from Recipes from Our Front Porch that appeared originally with this one:
Fried Chicken Batter and Chicken Gravy
Velda’s Carrot Custard

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