Friday, September 14, 2012

Sharon's Chocolate Cake - Family Recipe Friday

In the photo at right my daughter, Natasha, is holding Sharon's Chocolate Cake. It has become the only birthday cake any of us ever request for our birthdays, though we bake it at other times, too.

I know you can't see the actual cake, but trust me: it's the richest, moistest, chocolatiest, easiest (note the succession of superlatives) chocolate cake any of us has ever eaten. I was going to make one today so I could photograph it but my oven "died" last night. The next time I bake one I'll take a photograph and add it to this post or publish a new post so you can see it. (Don't mind how the cake looks. Cake decorating is not my strength.)

Sharon Loomis, a high school classmate, gave me the recipe, which means I've been using it for more than 40 years. I wrote it on a recipe card then but over the years and through use, the original card wore out. I typed the recipe on this card a few years ago. The condition of this card, shown below, is evidence of its oft-used and much-loved status. You can see my daughter's and my penciled notes on the bottom.

Sharon's Chocolate Cake

Sift/mix together 2 or 3 times:
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
6 tblsp. cocoa powder
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt

Make 3 wells and add:
3/4 cup oil
2 tblsp. vinegar
2 tsp. vanilla

Pour 2 c. cold water over all. Mix well but don't beat.

Pour into greased and floured tins. Bake at 350 degrees.
For cupcakes, bake 15 minutes.
For 9" round pans, bake 30 minutes.
For 8" pans, bake about 40 minutes.
For 9" x 13" pan, bake about 45 minutes.

Test for doneness with a toothpick inserted in the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cakes are done.

It doesn't need frosting but we always put it on birthday cakes. If you want a good chocolate buttercream frosting recipe, leave me a note in the comments and I'll give it to you. Otherwise, use your own recipe or buy a tub of ready-made at the store.



  1. One word, Exquisite. I am definitely making this chocolate cake today.

  2. Nancy, I would like the frosting recipe if you please. I wondered why you called it Sharon's chocolate cake. I think of her when I pass the corner where she used to live.

    1. Jimmie, if you don't need the recipe immediately and if you don't mind, I think I'll post it this coming Friday. Is that okay? If not, let me know and I'll give it to you sooner. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

  3. Oh goodness! I like this cake! Delicious!


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