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Mimi's Chocolate Cake

Nostalgic of childhood? The care-free play time and the warm hugs of grandma? Mimi's Chocolate Cake recipe will surely melt your heart with its scrumptious chocolate frosting. This recipe came from my very own grandmother whose cooking feels like comfort and hugs when times are tough.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 554kcal


  • Oven
  • electric mixer


Cake batter:

  • 1/2 cup butter (creamed)
  • 2 pieces eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar (preferably muscovado or brown)
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate squares (melted)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (use 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1/2 cup milk)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups cake flour (shifted)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water

Chocolate Icing:

  • 1 cup sugar brown or muscovado
  • 3/8 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/8 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • Mix cream butter, sugar, and eggs.
  • Add vanilla and chocolate.
  • Sift dry ingredients together. Then, add alternately with buttermilk.
  • Stir mixture by hand while intermittently adding boiling water.
  • Line pans with waxpaper. (Don't grease or flour pans)
  • Bake cake mixture at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes

Chocolate Icing:

  • Mix all ingredients and bring to a boil. Let it boil for one minute and remove it from heat.
  • Beat using an electric mixer until ready to spread (approx 1 minute).
  • Add vanilla when cooked a little.
  • Let the freshly baked cake cool before spreading the icing.


If you have histamine intolerance, this recipe might not work for you. Alternatingly, you can use other flavors aside from chocolate and use the base of Mimi's Chocolate Cake recipe. White chocolate may be tolerated.


Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 118g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 91g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 2mg