Great-Grandma’s Basic Cake and Chocolate Sauce


This delicious recipe comes straight from one of our staff’s Great-Grandma and has been passed down for 3 generations, as this is one heck of a delicious, moist basic cake that she has decided to share with all of our readers.

This cake is perfect because you can add so many different ingredients to this, so many different toppings etc, so that this one recipe turns into many.  Below is the beloved recipe for her Basic Cake and we are also including her Great-Grandma’s recipe for her own family favorite; Chocolate Sauce, to
be poured right over a piece of this marvelous creation!  Absolutely one of the most delicious desserts we have tried here, so we think it will be a wonderful cake recipe for any party…adult or child.

Note:  This chocolate sauce must be served warm and not cold.


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees


*   1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
*   1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*   1/4  teaspoon salt
*   3  Tablespoons shortening
*   1  cup sugar
*   2  eggs beaten
*   About  3/4 cup milk
*   1  teaspoon vanilla

Mix all of the dry ingredients into a big bowl.  This includes the flour,
the baking powder, the salt.  Stir all around until completely mixed.
Set aside.

Now cream together the shortening, the sugar, the 2 eggs beaten with
a fork, until smooth.  Add this mix to the dry mixture and then add the
milk and vanilla.  Mix for about 2 minutes or until all ingredients
completely mixed til smooth.

Pour into a  9 x 9 pan, greased and lightly floured.  Bake for about
25 minutes or until golden brown on the top and when you insert
a toothpick in the center, it is clean.

Let this completely cool before serving.



*   1 Square of unsweetened chocolate
*   1 Tablespoon butter
*   1/3 cup boiling water
*   1 cup sugar
*   2 Tablespoons corn syrup
*   1/2 teaspoon vanilla
*   pinch of salt

Melt the square of chocolate, half power, in the microwave,
about 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time, until melted.

In a saucepan, pour in the melted chocolate and add the butter.
Pour the boiling water gradually, stirring it around constantly
into the melted chocolate and the butter on low heat.  Bring this
mixture to a boil.  Once boiling, let it boil for 5 minutes and turn
off the heat.  Add the vanilla and pinch of salt.  Stir around and
cool for a few minutes.

Cut the BASIC CAKE into squares and then butterfly it on the
plate (cut this lengthwise in half, so that the two halves lie
side by side on the plate).  Pour a spoonful of the warm
chocolate sauce over the butterfly cut cake and immediately
serve and eat.

So DELICIOUS!  Thank you Great-Grandma!

For more hot chocolate sauce to save in the fridge for a later
time, just double the recipe.

In addition, you can add berries to the cake or on top, chocolate chips to the cake, dried fruit to the cake, whipped cream with all of the above because this basic cake recipe gives you the option of creating your own dream cake!  Raspberries on top of the warm chocolate sauce over the cake will be amazing for a party food.  Visit our party food section for even more chocolate birthday food ideas, including Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops!

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