One layer of a delicious two layer cake.
When members of Berryville's First Christian Church celebrated March birthdays last week, they were treated to Loretta Tanner's astonishingly vibrant Chocolate Throw Together Cake. It was so good I had to try it at home. Begin by pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees and grease two 9x13 in pans.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 cups flour
6 tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sour milk or butter milk
1 teas. vanilla
Cream together the butter and sugar, then add eggs and either buttermilk or the sour milk.Add the flour and cocoa a bit at a time and mix until thoroughly integrated. Add the vanilla and baking soda and continue mixing until the batter has that familiar cake-like consistency; it may be necessary to add a tablespoon or two of very hot water to get exactly the right look and feel.
After baking for about 35 minutes, cool and then frost with your favorite chocolate frosting: you can make it from scratch or, use one of my favorites, fudge frosting right out of the can. As an added plus, this cake freezes well so you can store one layer for later use.
Many thanks to Loretta Tanner for sharing this old family recipe!