Thursday, March 3, 2011

Susan's Charleston Chocolate Cake

Here is a recipe my friend, Susan, gave me after I raved about how delicious it was.  I told her I wanted to put it on my blog, so here it is. 

Susan's Charleston Chocolate Cake

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
2 sticks butter
1 cup water
4 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup sour cream

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 stick butter
6 Tablespoons milk
4 Tablespoons cocoa
1 box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, sugar, salt and soda together and set aside.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan;then add cocoa and water
  • Remove from heat and pour over dry ingredients.  Mix thoroughly.
  • Add sour cream and eggs.
  • Transfer to lightly greased and floured pan (15 x 10 x 2).
  • Bake 25 minutes.  Frost while warm, still in pan.
  • For frosting, melt butter in saucepan and add milk and cocoa.
  • Cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil.  Remove.
  • Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and nuts. ( i left nuts out and sprinkled them on top.) Beat with mixer.
**Susan made the cake in a 9 x 13 pan and baked it a little longer.  This made it thicker and more fudgy (is that how you spell it?). 


  1. This is from the wonderful cookbook, Charleston Receipts Repeats, that is put out by the Jr. League of Charleston. It was submitted by Mrs. Barbara Dunbar Lyles and can be found on page 283. I just made it yesterday for our church picnic and it was wonderful! :)

  2. I recognized the very same recipe in Charleston Receipts Repeats and have made this cake many times.