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

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chocolate
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
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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