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How to Make Granny Joy’s Chocolate Cake

Granny Joy's Chocolate Cake for our childhood birthdays
One of the Homemade Chocolate Birthday Cakes Granny Joy made when she was just “Momma!”

How to Make Granny Joy’s Chocolate Cake

Is there anyone in your family who is known for a specialty – something that when mentioned, everyone thinks of that person and requests them to make it on a regular basis? This describes my mom and her chocolate cake, better known as “Granny Joy’s Chocolate Cake!”

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When I say that she is known for her chocolate cake, I am not exaggerating. She has made this delicious chocolate cake for many people over many years. Every time there is a birthday or any get together, Granny Joy’s Chocolate Cake is always requested.

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They start requesting her cakes at a very young age! Here are two of her great-grandchildren loving their birthday cakes. Different people ask for different decorations, but the cake is always the same.

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Adults request her cake as well, especially her grandchildren! Last year when my mom had back surgery, Tyler’s birthday just wasn’t quite right without Granny Joy’s Chocolate Cake!

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Her kids love her chocolate cake too.

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Of course my dad also loves Granny Joy’s Chocolate Cake!

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Wow! That is four generations of people loving Granny Joy’s Chocolate Cake! I know it goes back another generation, but I don’t have pictures to share. She is definitely known for making this cake.

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Granny Joy’s Chocolate Cake History

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So where did this come from, and what makes it so special? My grandmother, Grace (my dad’s mom), actually taught my mom to make this cake many years ago. Between the two of them, there is no telling how many times they have made this cake.

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The main ingredient that makes it special is the love that is added. As many of you know, Jacob was an excellent chef. He always said that you had to cook with love, or it wouldn’t be it’s best. He was right! Maybe it is the love then that makes the cake more moist and dense than most other cakes. It could be the love that makes the icing a rich candied fudge topping. You just can’t find that deliciousness without the love.

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There are a few other ingredients besides love that go into the cake and the candy icing. I will share the recipe below. However, I must warn you that this is not one of my quick and easy recipes. The cake is pretty simple, but it takes a little time. The icing on the other hand is a labor of love. My sister has made this a few times with my mom, and she has a different name for it, but I will not share that!

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Granny Joy’s Chocolate Cake and Icing

Chocolate Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 2 Cups of Flour
    (Mix these two together in a large bowl.)
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Crisco
  • 3 T. Cocoa Powder (Heaping)
  • 1 Stick of Butter
    (Bring to a boil in a pan and pour over the sugar and flour mixture. Mix well. – Let it cool and add the rest of the ingredients.)
  • 2 Beaten Eggs
  • 1 t. Baking Soda
  • 1 t. of Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup of Buttermilk
  • 1/2 t. of Salt

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Chocolate Cake Directions:

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Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a large cake pan. (She also cuts a piece of parchment paper to fit into the bottom of the cake pan.) Pour the mixture into the pan on top of the parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes or until done.

Cool the cake for 10 minutes. Turn the cake onto a cake plate. If you use the parchment paper, peel the paper off to ice the cake.

She doubles the recipe so that the cake is taller.

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Chocolate Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 2 t. of Vanilla

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Chocolate Icing Directions:

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Mix the first four ingredients in a sauce pan and stir constantly. When the mixture comes to a rolling boil, cook it for 3 minutes. Remove it from the heat and add the vanilla. Beat the icing (by hand) until it is the right thickness. (She gets hers pretty thick so that when it hardens, it is actually like fudge. Spread the icing on the cake.

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One Other Option

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Granny Grace used to make a white cake from a regular boxed cake mix, but she iced it with this icing. She would poke holes in the cake with the end of a wooden spoon and let the icing run down into the cake. When the icing hardened, you would have bites of fudge throughout the cake. Delicious!

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disclosure

I have never really thought about leaving a legacy through food, but that is exactly what my mom and grandmother have done. Enjoying delicious recipes like Granny Joy’s Chocolate Cake is always a blessing, but it is the love that leaves the legacy.

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As holidays and special occasions arise, I hope you will try this delicious recipe and let me know how you like it. I am sure there are many of you who have had Granny Joy’s Chocolate Cake over the years. I would love to hear about that as well.

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Have a Grace & Joy-filled day!

Susan

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โ€œWhen I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy.โ€ Psalms 94:19

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6 Comments

  1. What a special way to help loved ones celebrate and to build a legacy through food, Susan! Chocolate cake is one of my favorite foods so I am super excited to try this recipe. It sounds amazing and looks delicious! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Oh this sounds wonderful and oh so rich! I immediately thought of a few meals/ recipes my grandmothers were known for and that I often requested them to make… and I’m so sad that I (nor anyone else in my family!) ever got the recipes from them to keep that tradition going.

    1. I know the feeling! My other grandmother made the best Caramel Pie! No one got the recipe! We have tried to recreate it and have come close, but it isnโ€™t the same! ๐Ÿ™

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