Brownstone Front Chocolate Cake

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

This was one of the favorite cakes in our family from many years ago. I don't know how it got this name or where my mother got the recipe. I just know that it is delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour.
  3. 2 9-inch cake pans.
  4. Cream butter and sugar.
  5. Add beaten egg yolks and melted chocolate to mixture.
  6. Dissolve baking soda and salt in buttermilk; add alternately with flour to the egg mixture.
  7. Fold in beaten egg whites and pour into prepared pans.
  8. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
  9. Frost when cooled.
  10. For frosting: Combine butter, milk, sugar and vanilla in saucepan.
  11. Place over low heat and bring to boiling point.
  12. Reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching and sticking.
  13. Cool before spreading on sides and top of cake.


Most Helpful

Delicious cake, I make it often for other people, but warning, cannot use real butter for icing, must use margarine or it will separate and not come together when cooled and beat.

Gaynell K. September 15, 2016

I love this cake. My mother used to make the icing for this cake and I always loved it. Yummy.

Jo S. November 11, 2015

My greatgrandmother had a similar recipe and I was so thrilled to find it posted on this website. I do have an issue with the frosting and hope to upgrade my membership so I can contact Gwanny Hill to discuss strategies! Small changes from my recipe are: Instead of melted chocolate the recipe from my family called for 1/2 cup cocoa, sifted the flour, and she baked it in 4 8" pans for 30-35 minutes.

oakhammockfarm July 28, 2007

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