I started making this cake many years ago. It seems that many home cooks have a special chocolate cake recipe that they like and this is mine. It is basic and one that I think Grama Elva used. I usually put sweetened whipped cream in between the layers, topping it off with Fabulous fudge frosting. I freeze it and then slice to serve.
2/3 cup butter
1 3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 unsweetened baking cocoa
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 1/4 cups cold water
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour two cake pans. Make sure that the flour is not caked on but just a light dusting to cover all of the pan.
Grama Elva was always about creaming the butter and sugar well, adding eggs and beating until fluffy. So this is basically what I do in many recipes that call for a fluffy and tender end result. She also warned of putting too much flour because that might make your cake heavy. So, I am always careful when adding flour and in fact in this recipe I sift the flour before I add it.
Mix softened butter (not melted) with sugar until well combined, add in the eggs and beat until fluffy. Slowly add the cocoa on low speed so it does not create a huge mess! Scrape bowl well, add salt and soda mixing until incorporated. Add one cup of flour and beat well, add 1/2 cup cold water and continue with this process of alternately adding cold water and flour (ending with flour) until ingredients are gone.
Pour batter into pans evenly. This will be a thicker batter so don’t worry if it does not pour easily. Place two cake pans into preheated oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until done, this really depends on your oven heat and the size of your pans. Do not over bake. Remove pans from oven and let them cool at least 10 minutes. Turn pans over allowing cakes to rest on a cooling rack or whatever you like using for this purpose. Let cake cool completely before frosting.
You can serve this cake plain or with a frosting of your choice. Once cake has cooled I smooth a layer of sweetened whipped cream on a cake layer and carefully place the second layer on top. I frost this with fudge frosting and the link for that is listed below.