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Great Grandma G's Chocolate Cake

Updated on February 13, 2014
Slice of life...
Slice of life...

A SPECIAL Cake

My great grandmother G. was a woman of strength and fortitude. She was born in 1884 and began her own family in the middle of nowhere, otherwise known as Kansas country or the Vincent community.

Grandma G. gave birth to four children, three daughters and one son. Times were hard and daily life was far from easy. What little I know about my grandmother comes from the stories past down through my father and his mother's family. And I can say with certainty the most difficult time of my grandmother's life was the time her husband went out one Sunday morning to get the newspaper and was never seen again. Vanished. Never seen or found. At this point it seemed that my great grandmother became even more resolved to keep her family together. One of grandma G's son-in-laws had recently met a man on the train who described a place out west which provided abundant job opportunities. As I mentioned, times were tough. People were leaving their farms during this time of the great depression with it's seemingly endless dust storms. Word spread throughout this family of wheat farmers that there were opportunities out west for a new start. My great grandmother and her children, who were by now all married, gradually followed each other west. A new life began and another ended.

My great grandmother G. worked for years as a cook for the small elementary school in this rural western community. Her grandchildren remember her as being completely devoted to them. She always made them the center of her attention when they visited. Many times she greeted them with a piece of her wonderful chocolate cake, made from scratch of course. Here is her recipe, special, primarily because of the love she put into making it. I am copying it from her own hand written recipe.

Grandma G's Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cups shortening

1/2 cup cocoa

2 eggs

1/2 cup sweet milk with 2 level teaspoons soda in it

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

vanilla

1 cup boiling water

Cream sugar and shortening, add 2 eggs and vanilla and cocoa and beat. Add the 1/2 cup milk and soda, flour and salt, and the cup boiling water last.

(I added this next part because it was not indicated in the recipe).

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or when wooden pick comes out clean

I don't have my grandmother's chocolate frosting recipe but I know there are several good ones out there to choose from. I hope you enjoy this old family cake. Of course it tastes best when shared with your loved ones. Great grandma G. wouldn't have it any other way...

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      lakelady 7 years ago

      My daughter and I turned this into cupcakes for her birthday and it was yummy!

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      braincandy 8 years ago

      Thank-you for your comments - you cake lovin fans out there!

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      AllMomNeeds2know 8 years ago

      You have some nice hubs, but gotta say the picture and the article on the chocolate cake drew me in first. What can I say I'm a chocoholic. Love the story of your Great Grandmother and we'll all think fo her when we make the cake. My kids will have so much fun!

      Thanks, Fiona

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      Vondre 8 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Hello [Name],

      I wanted to express my thanks for the great cake recipe. It turned out so beautifully; color, style, and design, thank you so much for sharing it.

      Well, I too have a cake related hub page as well. Just click on my picture to check it out when you have time or go to http://freecakebook.com to get my free cake book

      Happy Baking!

      Vondre

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      I am already walking in preparation, I will be making this beaut looking cake.

      Thank you

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      This recipe sounds delicious. yummm I will need to walk a lot after eating this!! =)