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Granny’s “From Scratch” Chocolate Cake

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Family recipes are so special to me and this is one of my favorites! I remember my Granny cooking this for different special occasions and I always loved it. Now, I make it for special occasions with MY family. I love it because it is made from scratch with ingredients that I always have on hand. It does have several steps, but it is simple to make and never dry! It always brings back such fond memories of special times with family. I hope you enjoy some “sweet” special times with your family this season too! 😊


  1. 2 cups of flour

  2. 2 cups of sugar

  3. 2 sticks of butter

  4. 1 cup of water

  5. 4 Tablespoons of cocoa

  6. 1 teaspoon of vanilla **I make my own, and you can too! (click on picture below for vanilla beans)

  7. 1 teaspoon of baking soda

  8. 1/2 cup buttermilk

  9. 2 eggs slightly beaten

These are the vanilla beans I use to make vanilla!


  1. 4 Tablespoons of cocoa

  2. 1 stick of butter

  3. 6 Tablespoons of milk

  4. 1 teaspoon of vanilla

  5. 1 box of powdered sugar

  6. 1 cup of pecans


Put sugar, flour, and soda into a bowl and mix. Mix eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla in a separate boil. Bring butter, water, and cocoa to a boil. Add egg mixture to chocolate mixture. Then add in flour mixture. Mix well. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

While that is baking, make the icing. Melt butter, cocoa, and milk. Add in powdered sugar, nuts, vanilla, and mix well. Spread over warm cake. You can eat warm or serve it cold. For some reason we always ate it cold, and this is the way I love it! It’s even better served with ice cream!

***I don’t always have buttermilk so you can add 1 Tablespoon lemon juice to a cup of milk and let it sit for 5-7 minutes. This substitution has saved me many times!


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