Grandma's Chocolate Cake

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Aimee88

This recipe is from my Grandma, who go it from her mother. I don't know the history before that. Everyone just loves this cake, and when I asked Grandma about it, she said she didn't think it was anything special, just made with ingredients they were likely to have on the farm. Note: to make sour milk, add 1T vinegar or lemon juice to sweet milk. I make this as a very tall 9 x 13, 3 small layers or a whole bunch of cupcakes.

Top Review by Jonna B

I must have done something very wrong because while I followed the directions to a T, my 9x13 cake was dry and the center sunk in. It didn't taste bad, but it wasn't the super moist cake I have been searching for.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C.
  2. Cream the shortening and sugar, by hand or with a mixer.
  3. Add the cocoa and eggs. Mix well.
  4. Mix in the baking soda, salt and vanilla.
  5. Alternately blend in the liquid and the flour. You should have a smooth cake batter.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes in a 9 x 13 pan, less for layers or cupcakes.
  7. Top with your favourite frosting or just enjoy with milk!

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