Hot Cocoa Cake

Lament the weather, eat chocolate cake.

Written by Becky

In efforts to close the winter season on a good note I wanted to make my favorite chocolate cake for a friend’s birthday. Apparently, in my efforts to bake one last wintery comfort food the weather gods decided to extend winter a bit further- maybe they want more chocolate cake. I woke up this morning to a snow covered city and as I write this a blizzard is occurring outside my window. Luckily the cake tasted so good that I might be able to forget how cold it is outside. This might very well be the last chocolate cake recipe that you will try and while eating it you suddenly feel better about life and whatever is going on around you.

This Hot Cocoa Cake is an old family recipe from my great aunt, Patricia Grace. She called it Hot Cocoa Cake and because the cake is iced when its still hot the icing soaks into the cake making it the perfect consistency to literally melt in your mouth. The cake is very gooey and moist so in order to make it in a Bundt pan like I did you must be very generous with greasing the pan. Use butter and/or a flour/butter spray (you can find this at Williams Sonoma or in some grocery store baking isles). Or you can bake it in a regular cake pan. I have yet to find a better chocolate cake recipe. If you have one you think could battle this cake please let me know otherwise we will just resign to the geniuses of Aunt Patricia.

Hot Cocoa Cake

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
4 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup oil
1 stick of margerine
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs beaten

Mix together flour sugar and salt. Bring margerine, oil, cocoa, and water to boil and pour over flour mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixture and stir well Pour into greased (not floured) long pan. Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees. (**You may substitute a stick of margerine for the oil, making it 2 sticks of margerine total and for some extra kick add a dash of chyenne pepper)

ICING: (Ice this cake while HOT!)
1 stick of margerine
4 Tbsp cocoa
6 Tbsp milk
1 box (3 cups) of powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup of nuts chopped (optional)

Bring the first three ingredients to a boil, remove from heat and then add the second three ingredients. Glaze over warm cake.

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Comments (7)

  1. i hate to sound crude, but hot cocoa cake seems like sex to me. it looks absolutely delish, great presentation ! love this blog – thanks for sharing x

  2. After a day of skiing powder, I came into the office tired and broken, and Becky had this waiting for me as a going away present (please…go away). I am leaving the company for a new opportunity, and wish I could take Becky and her marketing savvy, hard work ethic, and chocolate cake making abilities with me. At least for now, I can rely on this recipe…

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