Monday, February 06, 2006
Time for something sweet
Brown Mountain Cake
Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook Copyright 1959, 1972
1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
3 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
3 tblsp. cocoa
1 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
½ c. warm water
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Soft together flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa; add alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture. Stir in vanilla and warm water. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) about 45 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool cake on rack. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.
Creamy Chocolate Frosting
Hershey’s 1934 Cookbook Copyright 1992
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup cocoa
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon light corn syrup (optional)
5 to 6 tablespoons milk
In a medium bowl, stir together powdered sugar and cocoa; set aside. In small mixture bowl, beat butter until creamy; add ½ cup powdered sugar mixture, corn syrup, if desired, and vanilla, beating until well blended. Add remaining powdered sugar mixture alternately with milk until of spreading consistency.
I had buttermilk that I needed to use up and I thought my coworkers were due for a treat. This simple chocolate cake recipe is what I settled on. I like the light hand with the cocoa in this. This was so moist and stayed moist (in a lidded Pyrex baking dish) even though I work with a small team and it can take us a few days to finish off a cake. This is definitely a recipe I'll use again.
I'm not usually a big fan of chocolate frosting on a chocolate cake but since the cake recipe suggested a chocolate frosting, I went along this one time. I think a vanilla buttercream would have worked very well here too. Or a light mocha frosting. Or a peanut butter frosting.
Another winning recipe from the Farm Journal's Country Cookbook.
Question of the Day: If I told you that you could have any cake that you want right now, what kind of cake would you ask for?