I cannot tell you the number of these I made “down at the river”. We had a small place down there where the girls learned to ski… where they paddled the width of the river….where they learned to drive the boat….where they ate copious amounts of fried fish.. for supper, for breakfast (a couple of them liked it cold the next morning with ketchup!) …where they made dad fish out any critters in the homestead before entering after a long winter’s night……. where they did not rake leaves……..where they had fun with the neighbors’ kids…..where they shot off firecrackers…where they brought grandkids back to…….I could go on and on……but I won’t.
When I made this “10-Layer Chocolate Cake” – a recipe my mom had – and a favorite of all – I would have thin layers of the best cake laying everywhere to cool while the other ones baked. And you know something, it did taste better at “the river”. But no matter where you have this cake, it is so good. The layers, though thin, seem to know they are to hold together, and “take the icing like a man”.
Make it for the family – make it for Valentine’s Day, which, by the way, is just around the corner, and dress it up with some sliced strawberries around the edges, but just make it. This is truly a “from scratch’ cake. The recipe reads that way. And it must be made that way. So roll up your sleeves, and get to it. You wont be sorry. this one’s for you, Memom.
10-Layer Chocolate Cake
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Line 8-inch cake pans with waxed paper and spray with vegetable spray. Pour batter into pans, using about 3 large serving spoons of batter per pan. Bake at 325 degrees about 10 minutes or just until brown. remove from pans and cool.
Stack layers, placing frosting between each layer. Frost sides and top of cake.
2 sticks margarine
4 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup evaporated milk
Combine ingredients in saucepan and let come to a boil. Boil one minute. Cool, and beat until smooth.
See, I told you it “reads” like a “made from scratch” “it came from my great-aunt’s grandmother” type of a recipe! But it works! And it works so well! Ask my kids! And make it! You will see!