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Chocolate cake recipe

This is the cake I ate throughout my childhood and is my all time favorite. Not sure where my mother originally got the recipe but I copied it from one of her index cards. It's fantastic with a cream cheese frosting. Note: it calls for buttermilk or sour milk. I remember growing up always making it by putting some white vinegar into regular milk to make the sour milk. Sorry but I can't remember how much, maybe a tablespoon. I know it's a common technique so you could check on line.

Chocolate Cake

Use ingredients in ( ) when doing 1.5 x recipe (i.e., for 9 x 13 pan). Recipe could also be doubled.

2 squares unsweetened chocolate (3 squares)
1 cup boiling water (1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup shortening or butter (3/4 cup)
2 cups sugar (3 cups)
1/2 tsp salt (3/4 tsp)
2 cups sifted flour (3 cups)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda ( 2 1/4 tsp)
1/2 cup sour milk or buttermilk ( 3/4 cup)
2 eggs beaten (3 eggs)
Cream Cheese Frosting (from Ina's Coconut cupcakes)

1. Heat chocolate, water and shortening over double boiler until chocolate is melted and the mixture is glossy when beaten slightly.

2. Remove from heat and add to mixing bowl.

3. Add remaining ingredients in the order listed. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes. (The batter is very thin. Do not add more flour.)

4. Pour into greased pan and bake in moderate oven (350) for 30 to 35 minutes. Makes 2 9 in layers. Bake almost an hour for loaf cake.

Cooking Time: 1 hour


Aug 24, 2009
chowlj in Home Cooking

Recipe Software

I've never imported a recipe so I'm not sure how this works. I would think their help section would be able to answer. I use the "capture" feature extensively and this works well.

Jan 29, 2009
chowlj in Not About Food

Recipe Software

I bought Living Cookbook about a year ago and love it. I deleted all the recipes that came with it and input my own - most by copying and pasting from various websites. I will type in recipes from cookbooks, but usually wait until I make it. Or, I may only type in the recipe name and book, page number to save on typing. It has a lot of features that I don't use but I love it for organizing, searching (recipes and ingredients), and making notes about the recipe including when I've made it. I will also email recipes I like to my mother and sisters. It's not free but I've found it to be worth it. You could also check out Big Oven. I preferred LC features but this seems to be another popular one.

Jan 28, 2009
chowlj in Not About Food

Homemade Pomegranate Vinegar

I am making my first attempt at homemade vinegar for Xmas gifts for immediate family. I've scanned a few recipes and find that some call for white wine vinegar while others say red wine vinegar. In addition, some recipes call for steeping the seeds in the vinegar for a period of time (1-2 weeks) while another calls for boiling seeds and vinegar. Could anyone tell me what the best method would be (boiling or steeping) and what the best vinegar base would be for the pomegranate? Thanks in advance for your help.

Dec 02, 2008
chowlj in Home Cooking

Seafood Casserole recipe needed for next week

One of my all-time favorites is Ina Garten's Seafood Gratin -

It has tarragon so it's close to your fennel/Pernod request. I did not have saffron when I made this but I don't think it suffered at all from the omission. Enjoy!

Nov 28, 2008
chowlj in Home Cooking

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in the Boston area?

I think the 1368 Coffee House (Inman and Central Squares) has one of the best chocolate chip cookies around. They usually come out around noontime. Best to get them earlier in the day when they are still chewy. Delicious!

Sep 11, 2008
chowlj in Greater Boston Area