Makes 12 servings
This recipe is from my husband’s grandmother. He remembers her bringing it to family gatherings and saying she’d made it just for him.
1 cup water
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Pinch of salt
To make cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13-by-9-inch pan.
Combine water and cocoa powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until cocoa powder dissolves.
Combine flour, sugar, and soda in a large bowl. Add cocoa mixture and butter. Beat to combine. Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Meanwhile, make frosting: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature.
Beat in confectioners’ sugar and salt. You may need to add more confectioners’ sugar to make a spreading consistency.