Old Time Fudge Cake Recipe

This is a picture of my grandmother driving the team; her two brothers are on the wagon also.

I remember a delicious chocolate cake that my mom would make in February for my dad’s birthday. It had a rich dense texture and the frosting was smooth, creamy and shinny. The trick to the shinny frosting was adding an egg.

This recipe has been in the family for many years. My mom would make the same cake for my birthday every year as well.

Keep in mind this recipe was before microwave ovens and food processors. The technique of using ice cold water and alternating back and forth with the flour mixture is something we do not use to often these days.

Tip; add some water and lots of ice to a big bowl and let melt down for 10-12 minutes and measure your water from the bowl. If not using pre-sifted cake flour make sure you sift.

I took a picture of the recipe card my mom had to show you how often she made this cake; it has chocolate smears all over it.

Old Time Fudge Cake


Grandma’s Recipe

By The Gourmet Farm Girl

2/3 cup soft butter
1 ¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
2 squares unsweetened chocolate (melted)
2 ½ cups sifted cake flour
1 ¼ t soda
½ t salt

1 ¼ cups ice water

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla till fluffy
Beat for 5 minutes at high speed scraping bowl occasionally to guide batter into beaters

Sift together flour, soda and salt

Add to creamed mixture alternately with ice water

Make sure to beat well after each addition

Bake in 2 paper lined 9 inch round cake pans at 350 degrees

For 30-35 minutes or till a tooth pick come out clean
Cool cakes on rack

Chocolate Fortune Frosting


2 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
3 T (hot) water
1 egg
1/3 cup soft butter
1 t vanilla
Melt chocolate in mixing bowl over hot water (or in microwave) grandma didn’t have a microwave
Mix in sugar and water
Beat in egg then the butter and vanilla
Frosting will be thin at this point so place bowl in ice water
Beat until spreading consistency
Frost cake and trim sides with walnut halves