December 13, 2012

Eleanor's Chocolate Fudge Cake

I was "attempting: (attempting being the operative word) to decorate the dining room table. This year, I decided to keep it to a minimum and let the Christmas china be the focus of a festive looking formal dinner. There are four little vintage figurines that belonged to Grandmother Estelle and I wanted to center these around the lighted centerpiece.

A trio of angels

A sweet christmas bell

Jolly Ole' St. Nick
Is that a kitty paw I spy?

Lighting the way

"Don't you think I make the perfect Christmas Kitty?"
Is she really talking about me?
I think I just understood her to say something about not eating the arrangement....

Eleanor's Chocolate Fudge Cake
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 16 ounce package of brown sugar
3 eggs
3 1 ounce sqaures of unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 1/4 cup softed cake flour
1/2 t. salt
2 t. baking soda
1 cup sour cream
1 cup hot water
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract

Fudge Frosting
3 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1 16-ounce package of powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 cup milk
2 t. vanilla extract

Cake Preparation: Cream the butter and gradually add the brown sugar, beating well until fluffy and well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the chocolate, mixing well.
Comine the flour, salt and baking soda. Gradually add the flour to the chocolate mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Add water, mixing well. Stir in the vanilla. This mixture will be thin. Pour the batter evenly into two greased and floured 9 inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Let pans cool about 10 minutes before removing the cake from the pans.

Frosting Preparation: Combine the chocolate and butter over low heat until melted, stirring constantly. Combine the sugar, milk and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Set the bowl in a pan of ice water and stir in the chocolate mixture. Beat for 2 minutes at a high speed on electric mixer until the icing is the proper spreading consistency.


  1. Oh, May Mobley, I think you and Audrey could get into all kinds of mischief. Lovely photos and the retired-guy would be all over that cake.

  2. That appears to be the right amount of chocolate for me! Beautiful.


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