Saturday, June 18, 2011

San Antonio Cocoa Cake


218. As a child, my siblings and I had favorite desserts and treats that we would request our grandmother to bake. The San Antonio Cocoa Cake was one of those treats.
Always baked in a 9x13 pan with white frosting and maraschino cherries dotting the top, Grandma would make this cake often. It always was our favorite treat. Now the origin of the cake...was it actually from San Antonio? Or, was this cake from an old Good Housekeeping Magazine back in the day? I will have to do more searching.
San Antonio Cocoa Cake

1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 cup shortening (only)
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine first three ingredients: cocoa, sugar and sour milk; Set aside. Cream shortening; Add sugar gradually till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time mixing after each addition. In separate bowl mix cake flour, soda and salt. Sift 3 times. Add flour mixture alternately with 1 cup sour milk to sugar and egg bowl; Beat well after each addition. Add vanilla and cocoa mixture. Blend well but do not over mix.
Pour into a greased and floured prepared 9x13" baking dish/pan, or two 8" round or square pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Cake test for doneness. Cool and frost.

I frosted the cake with a chocolate frosting and topped it with shredded sweetened coconut.
Grandma would have been proud.

"Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people: it does it for me."
~Audry Hepburn

4 comments:

Stephani said...

Looks yummy! I think I might make this for my mother. She loves chocolate and coconut!

Lilly's Home said...

Oh I'm so glad Stephani! If she loves chocolate and coconut add a tsp of coconut extract to the cake batter as well. Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by!

Esther said...

Yes, grandma would have been proud! Actually the recipe comes from a small paperback cake book, and I have grandma's book! Her icing was made with cooked flour and milk that was cooled then she added granulated sugar, butter, and cocoa. It was so good!

Lilly's Home said...

Ha,ha, yes, I remember that icing. I'm so glad you have the recipe and book! Do you have the icing recipe too?
Love and miss you...off to see the fireworks at the beach...wish you were here!
Love, Lilly

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