photograph by Matt Hulsman

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 squares chocolate, melted
3 eggs, separated
2½ cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon soda, dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water

Cream butter, and add sugar gradually while creaming. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Add egg yolks and beat, mixing well. Sift flour with salt and add to butter mixture along with milk. Stir in vanilla, and then add soda. Fold in egg whites, beaten stiff. Makes 3 layers. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Frost with any chocolate icing.

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For several years, Our State featured recipes from the pages of community and church cookbooks from around North Carolina. These dishes continue to be among some of our most popular and enjoyed.