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Mom’s Texas Chocolate Cake, Happy Mothers Day

 

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A few years ago I got an envelope from my Mom that was chock full of her recipes. Most are hand written, some are clippings from magazines and newspapers. I saw this hand written recipe for Texas Chocolate cake and immediately knew which cake it was, I remember it vividly it was one of my favorites that she made. Deeply chocolate, moist and rich, it’s a fantastic cake that is so simple and so delicious. I decided to make this cake as an homage to my Mom, she is brave, determined, kind and caring and I am so lucky to have her. She is a cancer survivor, she surpassed her doctors expectations and surprised them by remaining cancer free now for over 10 years. She is a great cook,  recipe developer and an inspiring woman.  She has a kind heart, loves animals and was always ready to rescue an animal in distress, her example of love and kindness was engrained in me and from her example I also am an animal lover and try to do my part with rescue. She taught me to love and appreciate and make good food, that it was important for the family to sit down to at least one meal together every day, she was the backbone of our family and thinking back I don’t know how she did it with 5 children only a few years apart. I wish I could be with her this Mothers Day and that we did not live so far apart, we talk often and I am trying desperately to convince her to use the ipad she has that still sits in the box 2 years after she got it. She’s stubborn, smart, and has more energy than I do, still mowing her lawn and gardening, that is how she stays young. She devoted her life to her family, left college when she met and married my Dad but she always emphasized the importance of learning, and when we were all old enough to fend for ourselves Mom went back to college and finished her degree in accounting. Happy Mothers Day Mom (even though she refuses to use a computer and will not see this).

The top picture is some of the recipes she has sent me, I included the cookbook from the Global Family Reunion, they published 5 of the recipes I got from my Mom and I am immensely proud of that.

I asked Mom where she got the recipe for this cake,  she thinks it was circulating at a ladies bridge club thing, she loved playing bridge and was very good at it. It really is a fantastic cake, great to bring to parties or anywhere where you need to feed a lot of people. It is is substantial in size.

Wishing a very Happy Mothers Day to all of you, you don’t have to be a Mother of human children to celebrate this day, how about our fur kids, they count right?  I think Mothers day is a celebration of women, all women who love, nurture and nourish.

I am bringing this Texas size cake to Fiesta Friday #118, I am not just celebrating Mothers and Women but I finished my courses and passed and renewed my Real Estate License. YAY!!! This week sweet Angie has 2 great co hosts  Kaila @ GF Life 24/7 and Laurena @ Life Diet Health!

Thank you all for being here on the sometimes rocky road with me, sticking with me and being so supportive. Happy Mothers Day to all!!

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Makes One 9×13 cake
The cake:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 sticks salted butter or margarine
1 cup water
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons good quality unsweetened cocoa
2 large eggs lightly beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
In large mixing bowl whisk together the flour and sugar and salt, set aside. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour (to optimize chocolate flavor instead of flour use cocoa powder) a 9×13 baking dish.
In saucepan combine butter, cocoa and water. Bring to a boil stirring frequently. When it comes to a boil and is smooth turn off heat.
Lightly beat your eggs in small mixing bowl, measure your buttermilk and add the baking soda to the buttermilk,  stir to combine. Add this to the eggs along with the vanilla. Add the egg buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients along with the butter and cocoa,water mixture. Mix with hand held mixer until smooth approximately 2 minutes. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. A few minutes before the cake is done start making the frosting. You pour the frosting on the cake right after it comes out of the oven.

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Frosting:
1 stick butter or margarine
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 box confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In saucepan on med/high heat add the butter, cocoa and milk,whisking to combine let it come to a boil then remove from heat and add confectioners sugar and vanilla mix well. Pour over hot cake. Let cool on rack. The frosting will be soft and gooey. Serve while cake is slightly warm or room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream

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77 Comments Post a comment
  1. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    I learned Ali about your mom from this post. Happy Mother’s Day. We were blessed with loving role models. Congrats also. See you in less than a month💝
    Maria
    Sent from my iPhone

    May 8, 2016
    • Thanks Maria, Happy Mothers Day and yes we had amazing Mothers who were the best role models. Have a wonderful day.

      May 8, 2016
  2. What a beautiful tribute to your mom! I love this post and wish you the happiest of Mother’s Days, dear Suzanne! I adore Texas sheet cake- have you ever added pecans to the frosting? That’s my favorite way to roll! Love to you and Percy!!!! Em

    May 8, 2016
    • Happy Mothers Day Em. thank you so much. I never tried with pecans, will have to give that a go, I love them. Hugs from me and Percy!!

      May 8, 2016
  3. koolaidmoms #

    What a wonderful gift and tribute to your mom. Wishing you a wonderful day!

    May 8, 2016
  4. Aw Suzanne-I heard a whisper not too long ago-check your email please…How coincidental you are one of five, I am one of five and I have five! We love animals, food, try hard to always find good in people. Both Realtors, half Italian, yes we were meant to meet year or more ago my dear friend. Happy Pug-Mom’s Day! Cheryl xx

    May 8, 2016
  5. I can get lost in chocolate so this was a great recipe for you to share for today. Mmm. Happy “Fur Baby Mommy’s Day.”

    May 8, 2016
  6. A great post celebrating your loving, fighting Mum – We can read ” love, love ” at every word.
    Tha

    May 8, 2016
  7. … Thank you for your generous recipe ! hummmm
    Do have an happy Mothers’s day – every day 🙂
    We are pleased to have such modern ways to communicate , aren’t we ?
    Amitiés et bises de france en France !

    May 8, 2016
  8. Such a lovely post and wonderful looking cake! 🙂

    May 8, 2016
  9. Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
    happy🌷mother’s🌷day🌷to all

    May 8, 2016
  10. Suzanne, what a loving tribute to your mom. The chocolate cake and the pictures say it all. You are so right that Mother’s Day is a day for all women who love, nurture and nourish.
    Congratulations on passing your real estate tests. Have a relaxing and wonderful Mother’s Day.

    May 8, 2016
    • Thank you so much Gerlinde, Mother is a broad term IMHO and is all inclusive. Have a wonderful day.

      May 8, 2016
  11. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Great post, fantastic tribute to your Mom, happy mother’s day to you and the one who helped you grow into such an awesome person.

    May 8, 2016
  12. Moms of pugs need to celebrate Mother’s Day, too. Happy Mother’s Day, Suzanne. 😀 What a wonderful cake to bring and lovely memories to share. The cake looks absolutely delicious. Happy FF! 🙂

    May 8, 2016
  13. I’m smiling because this is also MY favorite recipe from my own Mom! I call it “love in a recipe.”
    Blessings to you.

    May 8, 2016
    • Thank you Debra, yes it is love in a recipe. I loved it when Mom made this cake. Happy Mothers Day!!

      May 8, 2016
  14. Suzanne, that cake is mouthwatering! And this is a beautiful tribute to your mom.
    She’s missing a great gift in not seeing your huge talents as a blogger. Maybe you can print this one and snail mail it to her. Or maybe you already do that. I’m babbling… because all I can think about is that delicious cake! 😀
    Wishing you a beautiful day. Mega hugs.

    May 8, 2016
    • I never thought of that, Duh….. well yes I will do just that print it and send it to her. Thank you Teagan, Happy Mothers Day to you. and your furry brood. I hope you have a wonderful day and I wish I could give you a piece of cake.

      May 8, 2016
  15. A great tribute to your mother Suzanne and that cake looks delicious 🙂

    May 8, 2016
  16. Suzanne, I love this recipe and do this often, it is amazing and so so easy! Seems like both our mother’s had great taste. 🙂 Have a wonderful day 🙂

    May 8, 2016
    • It’s such a great cake, simple and delicious. I love the frosting, it’s so fudgy. Have a great day Lynne.

      May 8, 2016
  17. Wonderful post to honor your mom this Mother’s Day! I love seeing all the vintage recipe cards… what a treasure to be gifted with. Clearly the apple does not fall far from the tree!

    May 8, 2016
  18. What a lovely gift! Glad your mother is healthy. Hugs to you and Percy!

    May 8, 2016
  19. Oh yes please, a couple of slices would be dandy! 🙂 What a lovely dedication post to your dear Mother, those recipes looked like they were written and cooked with love.

    May 8, 2016
  20. What a beautiful post (and cake!); great post!

    May 8, 2016
  21. Beautifully written dear Suzanne and so lovely to celebrate Mother’s Day with this special cake recipe passed on to you from your Mom. It looks wonderful!

    May 8, 2016
  22. Oh my goodness Suzanne, this is a wonderful post, a beautiful homage to your mother, and a fantastic recipe with lots of memories to boot! Luv ya! xoxo Happy Furkids Mother’s Day to you sweetie!

    May 8, 2016
  23. Hi Suzanne, your mom sounds like a very special woman. Love this post and your delicious looking chocolate cake.

    May 8, 2016
  24. What a delightful cake Suzanne and such a great tribute to your mom..I hope you had a fabulous Mother’s Day 😊😘

    May 8, 2016
  25. What a beautiful tribute to your mother! I remember the Texas sheet cake. It was moist and chocolatey and your cake looks just delicious. Deep in flavor and smooth in texture. I love the hand written recipes. They are as homespun as you can get.

    May 8, 2016
  26. Nothing is better than a good Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake and Mom! 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    May 8, 2016
  27. What a wonderful post, it’s lovely to read your words about your Mum. And I love the envelope full of wonders that she sent you, how wonderful for you to have all of that history and love xxx

    May 9, 2016
  28. Suzanne, what a beautiful tribute to your Mom. The cake is delicious and I hope you had an amazing Mother’s day! 🙂

    May 9, 2016
  29. Beautiful tribute to your mom, Suzanne 🙂 Loved the hand written recipe , so precious !
    The cake looks amazing !

    May 9, 2016
  30. What a lovely stash of photos and handwritten recipes from your mum, it’s priceless. My mum is also a cancer survivor, though thankfully it was quite an easy one to get rid of. What a gorgeous cake too. Can you believe I’ve never made a choc cake with choc icing. I might peak at your recipe when I make one soon. Have a lovely week xxx

    May 9, 2016
  31. What a beautiful post, Suzanne. In the end I managed to get my mom on Facebook and she follows my blog as well. She still tends to leave the house without taking her cell phone though…

    May 9, 2016
  32. What a wonderful find for you. You and your mom certainly have a talent for divine-looking chocolate cakes. Hope you both had a good Mother’s Day. 🙂

    May 9, 2016
  33. Your mother sounds like a wonderful person, Suzanne! How great that she sent you those recipes. Family recipes are so special. That cake looks amazing, so chocolaty! I think I have a similar one from my mom as well, but it has cinnamon in it. It is also one of my favorite recipes. I really like your perspective on Mother’s Day being for all women who nurture. Thanks for sharing your family recipe and such a moving tribute to your mom!

    May 9, 2016
    • The cake is so good, I had to get rid of it, giving it away because I could eat it all. That would be bad. Thanks so much Shari.

      May 9, 2016
  34. This is an amazing tribute to your mum Suzanne… and how thoughtful she is sending such an amazing present! I bet this chocolate cake must be amazing!

    May 9, 2016
    • Thanks Margherita, yes my Mom is so special and yes to the cake as well. It’s really good.

      May 9, 2016
  35. What a wonderful tribute…. lovely post…

    May 9, 2016
  36. Beautiful post and your cake looks amazing 😀

    May 10, 2016
  37. What treasures from your mom! The cake looks amazing Suzanne! Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you and Percy had a wonderful day 😀

    May 10, 2016
  38. What a special package from your mum! She sounds like a remarkable woman as well. I hope I’m that active and about later on! 😀 This cake looks absolutely scrumptious too. Thank you for sharing it with all of us at Fiesta Friday, I’m sure it’ll be a hit! 🙂

    May 10, 2016
  39. Hi Suzanne– hope you and your mom both had a warm and wonderful Mothers Day. This cake does look like the best kind of comfort food. My mother-in-law would make this years ago with pecans in the frosting. And I got the recipe from her. Now I’m wishing I had an excuse to go put one together. Loved seeing your recipes and the pictures– just part of all we are handed down from our mothers. thank you. take care… xo

    May 10, 2016
  40. Suzanne, Happy mother’s day! Sorry for the late reaction. So touching to read your story about your mum. I think you got your mum’s genes of caring. I missed my mum so much! 😦

    May 11, 2016
  41. I love how rich the top already look! Indeed a wonderful tribute to your mom. 😊

    May 11, 2016
  42. I’ve heard how delicious the Texas Chocolate Cake is but have never tried it before, I think the Pioneer Woman made it on her show once. Love all the black and white pictures, so lovely.

    May 11, 2016
  43. Such a lovely tribute to your Mother; she must be very proud of you! And congrats on passing the test – I don’t know about you, but I take tests so seldom these days I always have some anxiety about them…Oh, and the cake looks delish! 🙂

    May 14, 2016
  44. This is so beautiful Suzanne! What an amazing mom!

    May 14, 2016
  45. What a lovely envelope to receive from your Mum. I love chocolate cake and this one looks delicious.

    May 28, 2016

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