Old-Fashioned Chocolate Birthday Cake for Bill's Birthday!


We celebrated 

Bill’s  71st birthday 

yesterday!




What Bill really likes on his big day is the cast iron crowd-please of cakes ~ Chocolate cake ~ A good old-fashioned chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting, and his 5-year-old grandson, Matthew, to help him eat it!






This is a simple rich moist cake recipe, from a Hershey’s Cookbook.








According to a University of Michigan study, chocolate contains chemicals called opioids.  Opioids are also found in opium, and they produce a euphoric feeling and are very pleasurable.  

Apparently, one of the effects of chocolate on the brain is to release natural endorphins so that when we eat chocolate, it dulls pain and gives us a little euphoric feeling. That could explain why chocolate is craved.  

There’s a sweet solution to that craving ~ feed it!





And this chocolate birthday cake with chocolatey fudge frosting, “filled the Bill!”





Old-Fashioned Chocolate Birthday Cake
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

4 squares Hershey’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
5 tablespoons hot water
½ cup butter
1½ cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, separated
1¾ cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°.
Melt the baking chocolate, cut into small pieces, with the hot water in top of double boiler over simmering water.
Cream the butter and sugar together well.
Add the egg yolks, well-beaten, and whip thoroughly.
Then add the melted chocolate mixture, slightly cooled.
Add the flour, sifted with the baking powder and salt, and the milk.
Fold in the stiffly whipped egg whites and vanilla. 
Pour into well-greased and floured, 2 round 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans or a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan.*
Bake for about 20-25 minutes for round pans, 40-45 for oblong pan or until done when toothpick is inserted in middle and comes out clean.
Let cool in round pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.
Frost when completely cool.
*I used two 9-inch round pans, they baked for 22 minutes.

Classic Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Ingredients:

½ cup butter
3 squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1 pound confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup milk

Method:

Melt chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler, or in the microwave.  
In a large bowl, combine confectioner’s sugar, vanilla and ½ cup of the milk.
Blend in the melted chocolate mixture.
Add remaining milk, a little at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
Let stand until spreadable, frosting will thicken as it cools.
Frost cake.

Serve 


Enjoy!



Comments

  1. happy birthday to pam's bill! what a great way to celebrate, and i'm loving the beautiful swirls in the frosting!

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    1. Thanks, Grace! It was a fun day!

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  2. Happy belated Birthday to your Bill!
    There's nothing more fit for a birthday celebration than a chocolate cake, and a little grandkid "to help" Grandpa with it.
    The last two photos show the cake - as a whole and as a slice- in all its splendor.
    Bravo to you for the result!

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    1. Thanks, Duta! It was a great day, lots of fun with Matthew and all. I'm glad you stopped by! Take care

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  3. Happy birthday to Bill - love the cake :)

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! He loves birthday time! ☺

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  4. What a beautiful cake and Happy Birthday, Bill. May you be blessed with many, many more. Eat cake! It's a good thing.

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    1. He says thanks, Susan! Cake is definitely a good thing!

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  5. Is there anything better for any occasion than chocolate cake? Happy birthday Bill--eat cake!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie! Chocolate cake always works! :-)

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  6. Pam, Happy Belated birthday to Bill! Great looking chocolate cake too...looks nice and moist, not to mention chocolate rich! I have about 3 years on Bill...and I'm looking for a nice pie. Cross my fingers... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, Dave! Chocolate is his thing when it comes to cakes! I'm with you on a nice pie, yum! Good luck! Take care

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  7. Its a beautiful chocolate cake for a very special guy. Hope he enjoyed his birthday!

    Velva

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    1. Ha! He is special, Velva! Thanks and you have a great rest of the week!

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  8. Hi Pam,
    Happy Birthday to Bill...May he have many more wonderful Birthdays. Your recipe of Chocolate cake is awesome. Who doesn't love chocolate anything but a cake is a great way to celebrate a birthday! I am sure Bill and the family enjoyed the day, especially knowing that you make the cake from the heart! Have a good one...
    Hugs Dottie :)

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    1. Hi Dottie! Bill thanks you! Any occasion for cake is a good thing and Matthew loves the frosting, that's his thing with a big scoop of ice cream. Take care and have a good rest of the week!

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  9. Happy Birthday to Bill! The cake looks fabulous and looks so yummy!

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    1. Hi Joyce! That's very nice of you. Thank you!

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  10. The cake looks so beautiful..just the right one for the celebration.
    Happy Birthday to Bill!

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    1. Hi Angie! Thank you! And he says thanks also. We love a celebration here! Take care

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  11. Happy Birthday Bill! And nothign beats a good choclate cake....and they make you happy :-) I'll have a couple of slices.

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    1. He says "thanks," Evelyne! Happy happy deliciousness! Wish I could send you those slices! It was great to see you here!

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  12. Happy Birthday, Bill! And what a great cake to celebrate with. Can't beat chocolate, can you? Good stuff -- thanks so much.

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    1. He says, "Thanks, John!" Good stuff for sure! Take care

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  13. Happy belated Birthday to Bill. What a great way to celebrate a delicious Chocolate Cake:). Yum.

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    1. Thanks, Geraldine! We thought it was also! :-)

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  14. Happy Birthday to Bill, looks like you made his day extra special with this cake.

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    1. Thanks, Cheri! It was a good day, extra special. Take care

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  15. Happy Birthday to your hubby, Pam! What a delicious-looking cake and the frosting looks amazing too. Well done!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! That frosting was the icing on the cake, great! :-)

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  16. Happy birthday to your Bill! My Bill would definitely approve of this cake, too!!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Glad your Bill would also!

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  17. Happy Birthday to Bill! I love his choice in cakes!

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    1. Thanks, Abbe! He is a chocolholic for sure!

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  18. Hi Pam, Happy Birthday to Bill. The chocolate cake look awesome, love the fudge frosting. I would like to exchange a piece of my chocolate cake with you. :))

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Thanks, Amelia! I loved the frosting too. Yes, exchanging would be awesome! Thanks and have a great day/rest of the week!

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  19. Pam, when my kids were growing up, this is exactly the cake (with minor differences) that I always prepared for them, and that at their young ages, they always demanded. Great minds think alike!

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  20. Bill's chocolate cake is as yummy looking as any I've seen. Happy birthday wishes!

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  21. Happy Birthday to your honey bunny. That cake looks killer good.

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  22. There's no better birthday cake than chocolate!

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