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Chocolate Cake-in-the-Pan

 This is a quickie post but didn’t want you to miss out . . . especially if you love chocolate.  This is a wonderful homemade moist chocolate cake that’s covered with a creamy chocolate fudge frosting.  I’ve had this recipe forever, but sometimes the old ‘tried and true’  ones are the best.




Chocolate Cake in the Pan



  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Crisco OR 1/2 cup Crisco & 1/2 cup butter   (I just use Crisco)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk (Must use buttermilk)
  • 2 teaspoon soda
  • 1 cup boiling water



  1. Mix sugar and shortening (shortening/butter)
  2. Add in eggs
  3. Put soda in buttermilk and stir
  4. Add in buttermilk, flour, salt and cocoa powder
  5. Add vanilla
  6. After all ingredients are well mixed (by hand), add in the boiling water and stir.
  7. Pour into greased cake pan (13″ x 9″)
  8. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for approximately 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  9. Leave cake in pan and pour fudge frosting over top

Note: I usually let my cake cool a little before pouring the frosting over, but not necessary to do so.

Fudge Frosting


  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk (I use Half & Half – gives a more creamy texture)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (reserve for last step)


  1. In a medium sized saucepan bring first five (5) ingredients to a boil, stirring continuously
  2. Once to a boil, lower heat and continue to gently boil for approximately 3 minutes
  3. Remove from heat, add in the vanilla and beat until thick **
  4. Spread/pour over cake in the pan

** Once you’ve removed the frosting from the heat, placing the saucepan in a large bowl of iced water while beating will help speed the thickening process along.


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