Monday, June 11, 2012

Lucy's Chocolate Cake & Icing

Parker Family Favorite

For my birthday this year I had a request - Lucy's Chocolate Cake! Which Lucy Parker called Hand-Me-Down Chocolate Cake. Growing up, we always knew that when we went to visit our grandmother, Lula Heape, in DuQuoin, IL, that we would most likely also get to see our cousins' other set of grandparents, Harold and Lucy Parker.

I'm not sure when my mom actually got the recipe, but I believe that Lucy gave it to my Grandma Lula who then passed it to mom - because my Aunt Sandy doesn't even have this recipe! My mother and aunt remember that the cake itself was often present at Parker family events, and even if it wasn't the centerpiece....there it was on the dessert table, a favorite stand-by. My Uncle Lou always said he'd eat this chocolate icing on anything...and if you know Lou at all, you can imagine the kind of things he might mention!

If you love chocolate, or even like it a little - give this a try. A real cake recipe, not from a box - yet not too hard. And OH so delicious. Not to mention, the icing is crazy easy and the combination is outstanding!


Lucy's Chocolate Cake with Icing 

(Hand-Me-Down Chocolate Cake and Icing)

3/4C softened butter
1-3/4C sugar
3/4C Hershey's cocoa
2 eggs
1-1/4tsp baking sode
1/2tsp salt
1tsp vanilla
2C flour
1-1/3C water

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beat one minute at medium speed. Combine flower, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add alternately with water to creamed mixture. Pour batter into two greased and floured 8-inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cool to room temperature, and frost with chocolate icing -placing one layer, icing the top of this first layer. Then place second layer on top and ice the entire cake.


Easy Chocolate Icing

3-1/2C powdered sugar (add additional sugar to get to desired consistency)
1/3C cocoa
1tsp vanilla
3/4C softened butter
1/2C milk

Combine ingredients into mixer and beat until smooth. Add additional powdered sugar to get to desired consistency. DONE!

Tick, tock.....

Layer one, then put down a layer of icing before adding
the second cake. Then ice the entire thing....

My mom made this for my birthday,
and failed to take photos while icing. Boo.




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