Last night my dad's side of the family came over for our annual Christmas party (aka: armasleddin'). The party was filled with wonderful food and high speed sledding down the mountains behind our house. Our tears of laughter froze to our cheeks because it was so cold, but we sure had fun! After our sledding adventure, we drank hot chocolate that thawed us from the inside. And for dessert we had this wonderful chocolate cake. Mom's copycat Magleby's chocolate cake had become a family and friend favorite from the second my mom started making it.
1 cup water
4 Tablespoons cocoa
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1. Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit. Prepare a 9x9 square cake pan. Grease, flour, and line with parchment paper.
2. Melt butter and water in a medium saucepan, constantly stirring with a whisk. Add cocoa and bring to a boil. Take off stove and let cool.
3. In a separate small bowl, stir together sour cream and baking soda, let bubble for about 5 minutes.
4. Whisk in sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the cocoa mixture.
5. Sift together salt and flour and whisk half of it into the cocoa mixture, then add the sour cream mixture and add the other half of the flour.
6. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
7. Freeze overnight (if possible), it makes the cake moist and dense. This is a great cake to leave in the freezer until you need it.
8. After thawed. Ice cake with chocolate icing (see recipes below).
The icing recipe was a real struggle to get out of my mom. She doesn't really follow a specific recipe! So as you make this icing taste as you go. You may need to add cocoa if you want it darker, or you may need more powdered sugar, that's just how icing works! The yogurt helps the icing become smooth and keeps it from being too sweet. Keep in mind you don't need too much icing for this cake because it's just a flat square. You can also use your favorite buttercream chocolate icing.
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 block cream cheese
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar (more or less depending on consistency)
1 or 2 Tablespoons yogurt (Plain or Vanilla)
In a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and cream cheese. Add cocoa powder, vanilla, powdered sugar, and yogurt. Cream until smooth.
My Favorite Stove-top Chocolate Glaze
2 Tablespoons butter
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chops
6 tablespoons heavy cream
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (more if needed)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place all ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat and whisk until smooth (about 10 mins), add more sugar to achieve desired consistency. Cool slightly, pour/spread on cake while still warm. Let set and serve! Enjoy!
Have fun baking!