If any of you have been lucky enough to have one of Nana’s chocolate cakes, now you can make your own!

Nana's Chocolate Cake

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Chocolate
Servings 1 cake


Cake Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (Hershey's or other)
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup butter or margerine
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3/4 cups flour (unsifted, all purpose)

Frosting Ingredients (makes 1 cup)

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs butter or margerine
  • 2 tbs milk or water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla



  • Stir together cocoa and boiling water until smooth; set aside.
  • Cream butter, shortening and sugar in large mixer bowl. Blend in salt, eggs and vanilla. Stir baking soda into buttermilk; add alternately with flour to creamed mixture. Blend in reserved cocoa mixture.
  • Pour batter into two greased and wax paper lined 9-inch round layer pans (two 8-inch square pans or a 13x9x2 inch pan). Back at 350° for 30-35 minutes (40-45 minutes for 8-inch or 13x9x2 inch pans) until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely, frost as desired.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

  • Combine cocoa with powdered sugar. Cream butter with 1/2 cup of cocoa mixture in a small bowl. Add remaining cocoa mixture alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency. Blend in vanilla. (For a glossier frosting, add 1 tbs of corn syrup).
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