Recipe of the Week: Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

In case you're suffering from sugar withdrawals after Easter, here is a delicious dessert recipe from Trish Tkach of Geneva, Illinois! She says, "This recipe was given to me by a co-worker on one of my first jobs. It is still one of my favorite cakes." It contains cinnamon and cloves, which intensify the chocolate flavor. Yum!

4 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 cup water
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
1 cup butter
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

How to Make It
1. Combine chocolate, water, and 1 cup of the sugar and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Cool to lukewarm.
2. In separate bowl, cream together butter, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and vanilla with electric mixer.
4. Add remaining sugar, eggs, and buttermilk and mix well. Add the cooled chocolate mixture (be sure it's lukewarm, so you don't melt the butter).
5. In separate bowl, sift flour with baking powder and salt and gradually add to the batter until just combined.
6. Turn into greased and floured 13x9" pan.
7. Bake at 375ยบ for 30-35 minutes. Cool and frost with your favorite vanilla or chocolate frosting!

Serves 12.

Do you have any mouthwatering dessert recipes you'd like to share? We'd love to hear them!

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