Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sunday Dinner and a Recipe

Every Sunday, we have Sunday Dinner at my Mother and Daddy's house.  Here in the rural South, folks still call the noon meal "dinner".  Sometimes, it's just Mother, Daddy, and me and sometimes family or friends join us.  Sometimes, Mother cooks the meal, sometimes I do, and sometimes we cook it together.  But I almost always make the dessert.  Sunday before last, I made an old favorite, Cocoa Cake.  The recipe was given to me years ago by a co-worker.  She would bring it to work for covered dish dinners or just because.  She said it was her family's favorite cake and her grown children still requested it for their birthday's. (Sorry for the poor photo)

Cocoa Cake

2 cups sugar
2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
1 stick butter
1 cup water
3 teaspoons cocoa
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon soda

1 stick butter, melted
3 teaspoons cocoa
1 box confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch salt

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan.
2.  Mix sugar, flour, and salt.  Set aside.
3.  In a saucepan, mix oil, butter, water, and cocoa.  Bring to a boil.  Add to dry ingredients.
4.  Beat eggs, buttermilk, and soda.  Add to cocoa mixture.
5.  Bake for 30 minutes.

1.  Mix butter, cocoa, confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and salt.  Add enough milk to soften icing.

Yolanda's note:  sprinkles optional but I always add them to the top of this cake.  I love sprinkles!