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Very Best Chocolate Cake

I have been making this chocolate cake for over 35 years – it came from a newspaper, probably our local one. The newspaper clipping is yellowed, torn and stained. And I still agree with the title, it is the very best chocolate cake. I always requested a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for my birthdays when I was little – so did my daughter. Now her oldest daughter does too. This cake has stood the testament of time. I think you will approve. Enjoy.


3 cups flour

2 cups sugar

½ cup cocoa powder

½ tsp. salt

2 TBSP vinegar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. baking soda

1-cup vegetable oil

2 cups water


In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except frosting. Beat with electric mixer until smooth. Pour into greased 13x9” cake pan. Bake at 375 degrees 35-40 minutes. Cool and frost in pan.

(Yes, this cake contains no eggs and all the ingredients can be mixed at one time).

Chocolate Frosting


¼ cup butter, melted

½ cup cocoa powder

¼ tsp. salt

1/3 cup milk

1½ tsp vanilla

3½ cup powdered sugar


Combine melted butter, cocoa and salt. Then add milk and vanilla. Mix in sugar in 3 parts. Mix until smooth and creamy. Add more sugar to thicken or milk to thin if needed for spreading consistency.

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