Ready for chocolate cake?

Well, hello!  Welcome to the next stop on the Blog Hop Potluck!  Don't know about the Potluck?  Click here to learn more.

Anyway, it is SO nice to see you!  You look fabulous!  Have you lost weight?  I think you have.  I've been trying to lose a few pounds myself, but everywhere I go I smell Cinnabons.  I don't know what to make of it, but it's really not helping at all.

Come in! Make yourself comfortable.  Oh, I see you are admiring my adorable crocheted turtle.

I won that.  Yeah.  That's right.  I WON IT.  My friend Deb--you know her--she organized this shindig--had this blog contest, and I totally won it.  Hmmm.  I notice that you are looking a little covetously at my turtle.  How about I just put that away for now.

Hungry?  What are your thoughts about chocolate cake.

I know!  It's so good.  I'm not being arrogant, I'm just admitting an undeniable fact of life.  Besides, I got the recipe from my friend Patty, so it's not like I'm making this about me.  What?  You want the recipe too?  Absolutely!  That's what friends are for.  Here you go:

Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

Chocolate Cake
2 C flour
2 C sugar
1/2 C butter
3/4 C water
3/4 C buttermilk
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted and cool

Set your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour your pans.  This couldn't be easier.  Throw everything in a big bowl.  (Make sure that the chocolate is nice and cool or you're going to end up with chocolate chip cake!)  Beat everything on low for 30 seconds.  Now, increase the speed of your mixture to high and beat for 3 minutes.  Bake until done!  If you are using regular size round pans it will probably take about 30 minutes.  A little underdone is better than a little overdone.  Trust me on that.  Cool your cakes 10 minutes and then remove from pans.  Frost when cool.

Fudge Frosting
2 C sugar
1/2 butter
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2/3 C milk
1/2 t salt
2 t vanilla

Mix all ingredients in a 2 quart saucepan.  Heat to a roiling boil, stirring occasionally.  Boil 1 minute without stirring.  Place saucepan in a bowl of ice water.  (It should be more icy than watery.)  Beat with a hand mixer until frosting is smooth and of spreading consistency.  It will take a while.  You'll know when it's almost ready when the frosting begins to turn a lighter shade of brown.  Stir in vanilla.

Hide the last piece of cake from your family as they will try and steal it.

So glad you dropped by!  You tell me how that cake turns out when you make it.  Now let's see what Becca has in store for us.  I'll you there: http://lajoliefleurrouge.blogspot.com/


Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh, Margaret. I LOVE your post. The photo of you is awesome, your sweet words about the turtle you won are adorable, and I'm gonna' get in my car and drive to California RIGHT now for a piece of that cake!!! It looks amazing.

Thanks so much for participating in my blog hop. I'm so glad our blogs hooked us up and brought us friendship! xo

Margaret said...

I go it up late! I'm so sorry. I messed up the scheduling because I had never used it before.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

:o) You're just fine, Margaret! It was worth the wait!

Carrie Rosalind said...

Oh, Margaret - I must admit, yours is the first post that actually made my mouth water! That cake looks amazing. But yes, I have lost weight - thanks for noticing! I wouldn't mind putting on an extra pound if it meant I could try this cake though! And great to see your smiling face this morning! :)

Sian said...

What a welcome! and chocolate cake? well of course that's always welcome round our house!

scrappyjacky said...

I love chocolate cake....and that frosting sounds delicious.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the recipe - I think this is similar to the one my mother-in-law uses! And I LOVE your picture and your post! Happy hopping!

Ruth said...

Gotta love a great chocolate cake!

Karen said...

My absolute favourite cake in the whole wide world is chocolate fudge so a big thanks for this recipe.

debs14 said...

My two most favourite words in the same recipe title. Chocolate. and Fudge. What's not to like?!

TheChieftess said...

How fun is this?!!! If I was more of a cook, I'd join you hopping...but for now, I'll just tag along!!! (I'll bring the wine...hmmmm...a good cabernet to go with that chocolate fudge...)

Alison said...

Hi Margaret..lovely to meet you! That chocolate cake looks divine-and Ilove the look of your blog -I'll be back!
Alison xx

beccaf1970 said...

Chocolate cake with fudge frosting?? What's not to love! Sounds divine!

furrypig said...

that was such a funny post it really made me smile, I wish i really was at your house coveting the turtle and trying that fab sounding choccie cake thanks so much xxx

Tony Van Helsing said...

Sounds chocolate. I'm more of a carrot cake man myself.

Amy said...

Oh Margaret - this is sensational! It's great to see you today, you are looking fabulous and thanks for the recipe!

Karen said...

What fun it's been to visit you! Chocolate cake really ranks in the top five for dessert at this house, so we'll surely be giving it a try.

And it's a good thing I live clear across the country as I do covet that adorable turtle!

Cafe Pasadena said...

I'm always ready for chocolate cake. Bring me a slice, a BIG slice, tomorrow please.

Susan Campisi said...

Well, this is very exciting! If I had buttermilk in my fridge I would make that chocolate cake right now. Yum! Maybe I'll just have to walk Tommy in your neighborhood and drop on by for a piece. Get ready, Scout. (Love the apron.)

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I don't believe you; about the shoes. The gypsy from Zargaristan said mine were ugly. But about that photo of you - fabulous!!!!

Ginger said...

Love your photo :) I cannot wait to try out your recipe - my hubby loves chocolate cake!

Bec said...

Adorable! Who knew you were a food blogger deep down? :)

Petrea Burchard said...

You are a screaming hoot. (That's a good thing.)

altadenahiker said...

As if some of us would know what a "roiling boil," as opposed to a lively boil, or just a plain old boil, might be.

Susan C said...

Deb, I can attest that the chocolate cake is worth any driving distance!

And, yes, you do look fabulous!

Learn2Serve said...

The cake really looks delicious! Can't wait to go there and try out there cake. My mom will be really happy with it.