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.
1 cup Sugar/heaping
1/3 cup Bacon drippings
1/2 cup Cocoa
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).
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)