Belle Foley's Chocolate Cake Chocolate Frosting

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Author Notes: I can't begin to summarize the story of this miraculous cake and how I came by the frosting recipe. If you are ready for a good read, go here for the cake recipe: http://www.food52.com/recipes/11540_belle_foleys_chocolate_cake

Then go here for the astounding correspondence that it engendered: http://www.food52.com/foodpickle/8078-a-question-about-a-recipe-belle-foley-s-chocolate-cake

And here is the historic frosting recipe which was totally new to me as of a few hours ago.

And please, pass it on.
boulangere

Makes frosting for 1 cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 rounding tablespoons Hershey's cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Butter or oleo
  1. Max Foley's niece writes, "Foley cake just isn't Foley cake without this icing! There was an article on Grandma Belle in the Fenton Independent. The article contained recipes for her goulash, Foley cake, icing and bread."
  2. "Cook in iron skillet if possible, it is the best. Mix ingredients and then add just enough milk to form a smooth consistency. Heat until all the mixture is boiling. Then take it off the stove, cool and stir until the icing is thick enough to frost the cake.
  3. A beautiful circle closes. Thank you to all who have enjoyed this cake and its rich story.
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about 3 years ago susan g

The cake and icing should be on the menu of every Food52 Book release party! (B, you're invited!)

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I agree and a great idea susan g!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I'm making one this weekend to freeze and send to my son for his birthday.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love this icing, next chocolate cake I make this is the icing I will use. Thank you for posting.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I'm looking forward to making it myself, thank you!

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about 3 years ago TiggyBee

boulangere, I wish I knew you in real life-- this is so very cool! Big hugs!!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

well, the closest way for us all to do this is to make the make, make the icing, and give it al a big taste. Are we up for it?

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

This would have made much more sense if I had typed "make the cake."

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

how exciting! So very happy for you, boulangere. Can't wait for pictures!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

This has been quite the experience. I haven't yet completely shaken off the chills. Film at eleven, or tomorrow, whichever comes latest.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

The Foley Cake she's referring to is what my family knows as Belle Foley's Chocolate Cake: http://www.food52.com/recipes...

It was clearly intended to sit underneath this fabulous frosting. Photos tomorrow. Promise.