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Flash Back Friday ~ Chocolate Cake

For Flash Back Friday I've chosen to bring back this chocolate cake. It was a favorite in my growing up years and it was baked most every Saturday. Once my youngest brother was old enough to bake he would whip up this cake in short order and it was always delicious. My older brothers would deem the cake a success if they could squeeze it in their hands into a dense bar shape.
It is a simple recipe and so moist and delicious. I have changed it up a wee bit from the old recipe.


  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • Buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Melt butter and stir in cocoa until well blended. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
  3. Break egg into a 1 cup measuring cup and fill with buttermilk.
  4. Pour egg mixture and cocoa mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  5. Pour into a greased 8" pan and bake in a 350ยบ oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with whipped cream. Add a few berries and chocolate shavings and you have a special dessert.
Update: Here is a 'blooper version'. The cake pan slipped out of my hands while I was taking it out of the oven and bounced back into the oven thankfully right side up. And a good thing I was planning to make a trifle anyway.

And this what you can make with a cake mishap..trifle.


  1. Now that's what I call a happy accident!! Thank you for this recipe and for making me smile this morning :)

  2. Ellen - how luscious this looks! And I love to hear about men that can/like to cook!

  3. Hardy har! Reminds me of the time when I was a teenager, taking a cookie sheet of pot pies out of the oven just as the doorbell rang. The doorbell was mounted on the wall above the stove, and when it suddenly rang it startled me and I dropped the entire cookie sheet of pot pies on the floor! It was a big mess, but my younger brother just stood there and laughed, calling it "chicken pot pie a la floor." I was furious at him. I scooped up the remains and we ate it anyway! To this day my brother still laughs at the memory.

  4. Hi dear ,you own megnificent blog!!!

    this cake is irresistibly inviting and so delicious looking

  5. Dear girls, you can cook :-) Beautiful ! Will be back !

  6. Made this 'delissh' little cake today. Very good! The size is perfect for just me and my husband.... Thanks!


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