"Duwanna's Cocoa Cake"

I won 1st place for both my story and Mom’s Recipe in a Mothers Day Contest "Love You Mom’’;
it was published in the…‘EXTREME WOMAN MAGAZINE’ …Mothers Day 2007

“Duwanna’s Cocoa Cake”
This is a recipe of a cake and frosting that was my Fathers favorite.

When we were living on the Farm…in the early 50’s.
I can remember my Mother baking this cake every night for supper.
My Fathers favorites were ''Breakfast and Dessert after Supper".
When we moved to the Farm at Hickory Creek we moved into a house that was built to be a Church house.
It had no running water inside, but had a well outside the back door.
Therefore it had no indoor bathroom either, just a ‘‘3-hole’’ outhouse.
It did have electricity though.
Our bedrooms were the 3-Sunday School rooms.
The large Sanctuary was our living and dining room, (the only room with heat, a gas stove).
The kitchen was put in what had been the Choir room.

I was about 9 by the time Daddy fixed a pump in the kitchen, hooked to the well out back, and put a bathroom in the small room that used to be the Preachers office.

The house was full of love…and people. There was Dad, Mom, my Brother, Dads Mother, Moms Father and Mother and me.

My Mother got up early and made us bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy every
Saving the bacon drippings to bake her cake every evening.

Every night when Mom put supper on the table she’d put her ‘‘CoCoa’’ cake in the oven, so it would be done when we finished eating our supper.
She’d frost it right out of the oven and we’d have that wonderful moist warm
cake every night.

My Dad loved all things chocolate…he’d say, “I want my chocolate cake with
chocolate ice cream and I prefer it in a brown bowl”.
My Moms smile would go from ear to ear as she beamed.

Her Cake:
1 cup Sugar/heaping
1/3 cup Bacon drippings
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Cocoa
1-tsp Vanilla
pinch Salt
1 cup Milk (dissolved 1-tsp baking soda in milk)
1-1/2 cup Flour
preheat oven to 350 dF

Mix together well, pour into greased and floured pan.
Bake about 20 minutes, (poke holes in the cake when done).

Her Frosting:
1 box Powdered Sugar
3/4 cup Butter (soft)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
4 Tbls Cocoa
6 Tbls Milk

Bring butter, cocoa and milk to a boil; add powdered sugar and vanilla then beat until smooth.
Spread over hot cake right out of the oven, serve warm (serve with ice cream when you have it).
Story of Mom’s Recipe by: Cindy Poling (Cin)


As I was reading your post I could actually see your life! You used your words and painted a picture in my mind.
Thank you for that it warmed my soul!

I will try this recipe just to honor your family!

could you use butter or oil instead of bacon dripping

Thanks for sharing your story AND the recipe. Loved reading it. I’m printing the recipe, just not sure about using bacon drippings but I guess one time won’t hurt…thanks!

Thanks for the recipe and congratulations on your 1st place victory!

Bacon drippings are soo good in baked goods.

Bacon dripping (fresh) are excelent used in Chocolate recipes…especially chocolate cakes.

To all you gals from JAP recipe site…hope you enjoyed finding this recipe over here.
And to answer the “butter question”…I have never made this with butter although I suppose you could.
I make it with bacon drippings just like my Mom made it.
Thanks for trying it, CinStraw

Hi Cindy…Yep, I found it!!! I did have it printed from the “other” website so I wasn’t concerned about losing this recipe; but it’s good to know that I can get it from here as well. Gotta try it with the bacon drippins…when I finish that other chocolate cake in my house…LOL
Would NOT make this cake WITHOUT the bacon drippins!!!
Have a WONDERFUL Mother’s Day tomorrow… 5/12/12 11:30 a.m.

Hi Rose…I am so glad to see you over here. No drama on this web site (that I have ever seen).
Did you take a took-see around at some of the other recipes???

I did have a wonderful Mothers Day, I pray you did too!!!

Blessings, CinStraw

Hello to you Cindy i was looking for a special cake today. I’ll try that recipe cake that your fathers favorite. We love to bake a cake for whole family. Thanks.

Thanks you so much for trying it, I hope your family enjoys it.

you could i guess…but it wouldn’t be the same.