Total Time
Prep 3 mins
Cook 10 mins

A Tradition in the South. Pour this frosting over a cooled yellow cake in which holes have been poked to allow all the goodness to saturate the cake. The frosting firms up after cooling and makes a wonderful cake topping.


  1. Mix sugar and cocoa together in saucepan. Stir in milk. Add butter. Cook over low heat and stir until butter melts. Continue to cook over low heat until mixture comes to a rapid boil. Cook 3 minutes more. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Place pan in cold water and continue to stir until it begins to thicken. Pour over 9 x 13 cake in which holes have been punched with a toothpick, fork or skewer.
Most Helpful

Yum - just like I used to make. Quick and easy. I did cut the recipe in half and was enough for a 11x13 pan of bars, unless you are like my dad. He liked a little cake with his frosting. Be careful not to let the frosting cool too much, or it gets too thick to spread - just saying since that's what I did. Thanks Okitsme for posting this recipe.

Connie Lea November 19, 2012

Just like I remember my mom making! I added a pinch of salt, boiled the mixture about 4 minutes, and skipped the ice water bath. I wanted the hot frosting to soak into my Orange Cake 13 X 9 poked full of holes! Made for Spring PAC 2014.

Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle April 07, 2014

An easy and delicious frosting! Besides being easy to make, pouring this on was much easier than applying traditional frostings, such as buttercream, and no need for a crumb coat. Highly recommended!

Elisa72 February 10, 2013