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Chocolate Cake with Quick as a Wink Chocolate Frosting

on September 30, 2015

I made this chocolate cake and ice cream for my husband’s birthday. He LOVES and has to have the SAME birthday cake every year and usually opts for Jenny’s Cake with Chocolate Frosting, but this year I talked him into trying these two recipes from Grandma’s file. Chocolate Cake with Quick as a Wink Chocolate Frosting are two great recipes to make for anyone’s birthday cake!

Chocolate Cake

Quick As A Wink Chocolate Frosting

This frosting recipe came off of a card that actually has 3 different frosting recipes on it!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Chocolate Cake with Quick as a Wink Chocolate Frosting

Put all together in mixing bowl and beat for 7 minutes:

1 cup sugar

1 cup sour cream

2 eggs

2 cups flour (scant)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup salt

2 squares baking chocolate, melted

1 teaspoon soda in hot water (there is no amount for the water, so I used about 1/2 cup)

There is no temperature or time to bake, either, so I baked the cake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Quick as a Wink Chocolate Frosting

Combine and melt:

6 ounces chocolate chips

2 Tablespoons butter

3 Tablespoons milk

Stir in:

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Beat until smooth.


At first when mixing these ingredients, the baking chocolate looks like it’s not going to mix in. It kind of looks like chocolate chip batter, but the hot water (and make sure it’s HOT) and mixing it so long helps the chocolate incorporate.


I’m not sure about this cake – it looks kind of flat and rubbery.


This frosting has the “Good” connotation – and it is good and fudge-y! Spread it quickly because it is so fudge-y – it firmed up fast.


The cake didn’t rise as much as I thought it would (it’s dense and almost looks like a brownie) – you can see the bubble holes in it – I’m not sure if I did something wrong.


This cake and frosting is delicious!! You can find a recipe for home-made ice cream here, because as we all know, you can’t have birthday cake without the ice cream!


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