Texas Chocolate Cake

By • September 23, 2011 • 27 Comments



Author Notes: My mother recently sent me an envelope full of her recipes. This chocolate cake as I remember is so wonderful, Very intense chocolate flavor, moist and fudgy. The icing is poured onto the cake while its still hot. It's so good and I remember this being one my favorites when I was a child. My Mother used margerine which I am including in the list of ingredients feel free to use butter instead. I decided to use Hershey's cocoa powder which is what my Mother used but you can use whatever you like, however after baking it I recommend a higher quality cocoa for a stronger chocolate flavor.
I don't know why its called Texas chocolate cake neither does my Mother, I don't even know how old this recipe is or where my Mother got it all I know is that its really good. I think this would be great with Nancy Silvertons genius whipped cream.
NOTE: I just made it with butter and it turned out perfectly.
sdebrango

Makes one 9x13 cake

The cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks salted butter or margarine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons good quality unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. In large mixing bowl whisk together the flour and sugar and salt, set aside. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour (to optimize chocolate flavor instead of flour use cocoa powder) a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. In saucepan combine butter, cocoa and water. Bring to a boil stirring frequently. When it comes to a boil and is smooth turn off heat.
  3. Lightly beat your eggs in small mixing bowl, measure your buttermilk and add the baking soda to the buttermilk and stir to combine. Add this to the eggs along with the vanilla. Add the egg buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients along with the butter and cocoa,water mixture. Mix with hand held mixer until smooth approximately 2 minutes. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. A few minutes before the cake is done start making the frosting. You pour the frosting on the cake right after it comes out of the oven.

Frosting

  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 box confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In saucepan on med/high heat add the butter, cocoa and milk,whisking to combine let it come to a boil then remove from heat and add confectioners sugar and vanilla mix well. Pour over hot cake. Let cool on rack. The frosting will be soft and gooey. Serve while cake is slightly warm or room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream .

Tags: chocolate cake, simple to make

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about 1 year ago EmilyC

Made this today with my son -- it's SO good! I accidentally put 1/2 cup + 2 T cocoa in the cake (oops) -- but it didn't suffer. It's super chocolaty and moist and delicious. Will definitely be making this again and again.

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I think the extra chocolate will make it extra good! Thanks so much for trying. it's one of my favorite cakes! So glad you enjoyed.

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about 1 year ago EmilyC

Yum -- can't wait to try this!

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Emily, it's a really good cake!!

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over 1 year ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Making this again this morning by special request from my brother in law. It is now an official family favorite!!!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh that makes me happy, thank you so much and so glad your brother in law and everyone enjoys!

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over 1 year ago Midge

Sounds like a winner. My mom made a similar-sounding Texas Cake, which I LOVED. Must've been the buttermilk that gave it a nice tang.

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Midge, I think almost all of our Mothers made this cake and you are so right it's the buttermilk that gives that great tangy flavor.

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over 1 year ago Bethcooks

I've been making this cake for years,it NEVER gets old! Best part is its made with pantry ingredients!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This had to have been a pretty popular recipe, I think in the late 1950's or early 1960's is when my Mom first found it. I too love that it's made from pantry items, I love this cake, thanks so much!

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over 1 year ago lapadia

YUM!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks, I figured a big cheap feast needs a big economical dessert.

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over 1 year ago lapadia

What's a feast w/o a Texas size dessert, and chocolate too!

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almost 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I made this for my mother-in-law's birthday party yesterday. Everyone LOVED it - especially my brother in law who laid claim to the little leftover bit and made it quite clear that I should make another one, and soon. A big hit!!!!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh yay!! so glad that everyone liked it. It was always one of my favorite cakes and one I make a lot!! Thank you so much for trying it.

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over 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Hi sdebrango! This looks like the perfect cake for my grandson's birthday party tomorrow night. Quick question, how big a box of confectioners sugar? I have a bag of it, so not sure how much to use?

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Its the 1 lb box of 10x sugar. If you make I hope you like it. My grand daughter loves it!! Happy birthday to the grandson!!

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almost 3 years ago inthekitchen

I got this recipe while living in TEXAS. Only difference (and it makes it even better) is to add 1 tsp. cinnamon.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I lived in Texas, went to college there and maybe thats where my Mom got it. The cinnamon sounds great, will try it next time. Thank you so much!

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almost 3 years ago wssmom

omg my mother has a very similar recipe; brings me back to the childhood!!!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I bet a lot of our mothers had a similar recipe. I know making that cake transported me to my childhood. I remember sneaking a little piece before eating dinner many a time. Its just so good. Thanks so much.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks aargersi, I thought that might be it. It is a big cake. Great for potluck when you have a lot of mouths to feed.

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almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

YUM! Maybe because it's 9x13? Big as Texas? Sounds wonderful.

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almost 3 years ago drbabs

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yum. i love all things chocolate.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks drbabs, me too, big time. Shameless chocoholic!!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Pat, brings back childhood memories I could see myself snatching some from the kitchen. My Mom used margarine I tried it yesterday with butter and it turned out just fine. It literally took me 15-20 minutes to put it all together really quick and easy. Thanks so much and let me know if you like it. Going to try the genius whipped cream with it today I know that will be really good.

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almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh wow!! And with whipped cream? I'm ready to try baking again! Thanks for sharing a bit of your mom with us...