Grandma Garretson’s Chocolate Cake
I love receiving recipes – so of course, I was pleasantly surprised when my sister in law, Geri, sent me the recipe for her grandmother’s chocolate cake.
My sister came over to help me prepare the cake – we decided to make an evening out of it. We called this evening a ”study in gum paste” since we were going to decorate the cupcakes with gum paste flowers.
The evening started with a quick trip to the local Hobby Lobby for gum paste making tools. Cupcake wrappers, gum paste mix, gel food coloring, and a set of gum paste tools and we were out the door. I already had the gum paste flower cutters from a previous occasion.
Then, off to the local grocery store for snacks and wine – yes, I did mention we made an evening out of it
Once we were home, Jody began preparing the cake batter, which we must note, turned out very thick – almost similar to a brownie batter. We decided to do cupcakes instead of cake, since cupcakes are so much cuter.
We smoothed the batter out with a spatula – then into the oven. At that point, I was already working on mixing up the gum paste. I have worked with gum paste in the past, but had forgotten how labor intensive it really was. We dyed it four colors with the gel food coloring – green, two shades of blue and an orangey-yellow.
Jody then prepared the icing for the chocolate cupcakes that were now cooling on the stove. This icing comes out very shiny – similar to a ganache. The end result is a very delicate looking cupcake. The chocolate cupcake was very chocolatey and very tasty, and suprisingly moist for how thick the batter was. If you are a chocolate lover, these are for you.
Overall, we found that working with the gum paste was harder than we expected…but as you can see from the photos – they were adorable. I have a new appreciation for gum paste or sugar flowers – it truly is an artform.
Thanks again Geri for sending me this recipe – we are sure it will be enjoyed by many.
1 3/4 cups sugar
2/3 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. boiling water
1 cup cocoa
1.) Mix sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until blended.
2.) Add flour, buttermilk, soda and salt. Mix well.
3.) Combine the boiling water and cocoa in a separate bowl. Add to large bowl and mix.
4.) Spoon cake batter into cake pans. Cake batter with be thick, so you will need to smooth it out with a spatula. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until a toothpick comes out clean in center. For cupcakes, our cook time was about 15 – 18 minutes.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 c. cocoa
1.) Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
2.) Place on med heat until it comes to a boil. Let boil for one minute.
3.) Spread on top of warm cake. Decorate how you like. Enjoy!