Aunt Hattie's Chocolate Cake
by Lee Hansen
This rich, chocolate cake recipe is a family favorite. My husband
got this delicious home made cake from his mother (Millie Rohrbach).
Millie made it for everyone's birthday until she passed away at the age of 93; she got the original from her sister-in-law Hattie (my dear husband's aunt).
This simple formula makes THE BEST chocolate cake in the world.
Our family makes Hattie's Chocolate Cake for every birthday and sometimes we bake one for no
special reason at all.
This dark, rich dessert tastes terrific topped with ganache or a batch of the chocolate icing
that came with the hand-written recipe. It's also
perfectly delicious topped with vanilla buttercream frosting and a sweetened whipped cream filling.
1/2 C. butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
3/4 C. baking cocoa
2 C. flour
pinch of salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 C. milk
1 C. strong coffee, cooled
1 tsp. vanilla
Preparation and Baking
Sift dry ingredients together; set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs 1 at a
Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk, beat gently
Add coffee and vanilla and stir until well blended.
You might also like snowball cupcakes!
Pour cake batter into 2 greased and floured 8-inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees F
until cake tests done with a toothpick in the center (start
testing after about 20 minutes baking time).
Cool and remove layers from pans. Complete cooling on cake
racks, then fill and frost with your favorite icing.
Millie's Cocoa Fudge Icing
1/2 butter (1 stick) melted
1 box (2 C.) confectioner's sugar
2 Tbl. Cocoa (+/- to suit your chocolate desire)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp milk
Melt butter in saucepan; remove from heat and stir in sugar
and cocoa, then vanilla and milk.
Stir chocolate icing until glossy and thick. Cool slightly and spread on cake layers.
Recipe Variations - Hattie's (and Millie's) Chocolate Cake
1. Substitute buttercream frosting and decorate cake top
with chocolate curls or sprinkles.
2. Split layers into two thinner layers each after cake is
thoroughly cooled. Spread sweetened whipped cream filling
between layers, then frost with buttercream frosting or chocolate
Hattie's Chocolate Cake Printable Recipe
Try another yummy recipe: Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cake
About the Author
Lee Hansen is a freelance author and graphic designer who publishes Pastiche Family Portal, a
web site devoted to family issues and homemaking tips with an every-growing collection
of recipes, articles, crafts, holiday freebies, shopping,
coupons, and ideas for creative family living.