After writing about my mother-in-law’s favorite birthday cake last week, I’d be remiss if I didn’t post her best recipe for birthday cake.  She makes this cake for each family birthday and, trust me; it is the most requested dessert in my husband’s family.  We even get one wrapped up for us under the Christmas tree each year because he loves it so much!

This cake has a little bit of everything—vanilla cake marbled with a swirl of chocolate, then layered with a bittersweet chocolate frosting.  It’s moist, not too sweet, and is the perfect end to a birthday dinner.  If you haven’t gotten your chocolate fix after last week’s cake, try this one, too!


Mom’s Chocolate Cake

¼ lb butter, soft

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

Cream these ingredients together.

Add: 2 packets unsweetened baking chocolate

Mix together:

2 cups flour

1 ½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt.

Add to first mixture.

Add 1 cup ice water.  Beat until smooth.

Pour into greased and floured 8” cake pans.

Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.


Great Grandma Bailey’s Chocolate Frosting

1 cup sugar

1 Tbsp flour

Mix together in a saucepan.


1/3 cup milk

2 squares Nestle unsweetened chocolate, pre-melted packets

Boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until a soft ball forms when dripped into a small glass of cold water (if you have a candy thermometer, cook to 240 degrees).

Cool.  May add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 Tbsp margarine if desired.

Frost cake when cool, but don’t leave for too long or it will harden.

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