Tuesday, August 14, 2012

THE Chocolate Cake

I have the best father-in-law and mother-in-law in the world.  I’ve known them for more than half my life.  I love them.

I can count on one hand with four fingers left over the horrible things my mother-in-law has done to me.  And that one and only thing was to wait over fifteen years to introduce me to this cake.  

She made this cake a lot when Josh was little.  If my father-in-law would go out of town they would get to missing him so bad that this cake was the only thing that would get them through.   I’ve heard many stories of this cake.  How they had to make three of them during one trip.  How they ate it straight out of the pan with forks.  And on and on the stories go.   

Apparently by the time I came around into their lives my father-in-law was not going out of town or something because I never had a chance to taste this cake until this past May.

My dear sweet mother-in-law made this cake for my sister-in-law’s high school graduation party.  After all these years, I was FINALLY going to have the chance to taste this wonderful cake that I had heard so much about.

Before I could get a piece and shove it in my mouth I heard my sister-in-law from across the kitchen, “OH.  MY. GOSH.  WHY HAVE I NEVER HAD THIS CAKE BEFORE!?!?!”

Um, what?

SHE had never had THE Chocolate Cake either?!?!

That's plain wrong.

I quickly got me a piece of that cake and bit into it.

And my response.


And there you have it.  My sweet sister and I were bonded by this horrible act of no one sharing this cake with us before that moment.  I’ve not come to terms with it yet.  And neither has my sister-in-law.  In fact, she told me she has not had it again since May.  And again, that's plain wrong.

So, my friends, do NOT wait until someone you love goes out of town (or graduates high school) to make this cake. 

Make it now. 

Seize the moment!

You will not be sorry.  And if you want, add sprinkles like I did.  (I'm addicted to sprinkles)

Charity, get in the car, travel 1600 miles and come and get some cake!  I will share with you dear sister-in-law.

**I did obtain permission from my mother-in-law to share her recipe, which is really an old family recipe from her grandmother.  I also let her know I am still hurt over not having it in my life sooner.  

Grandma Brawley's Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cold water

Mix all together and bake at 350 degrees in a 9x13 baking dish for 30 minutes

2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick margarine
1/2 cup whole milk

Bring to a rolling boil and then cook for 2 minutes.  Beat until cool.  Pour on cake.

Sprinkles optional.

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