Positvely Perfect Homemade Coca Cake

September 07, 2018
Hi Friends! You asked for more recipes in our reader response survey so I am going to deliver! Today I have a positively perfect homemade cocoa cake recipe to share with you! I get crazy happy when I discover a recipe that is share worthy and this delicious cake most definitely is! It's has the loveliest consistency too, not too dry, not too gooey and a day or two in the fridge makes it even tastier.

Cocoa cakes have been around for a very long time, in fact they were one of my Mom's most favorite cakes to make. I have thought about that some and I think I know why. Cocoa was an ingredient that she always had in her kitchen cupboard. I would venture to say that most of us have these basic staples in our kitchen; Cocoa, flour, sugar, oil, vanilla salt and baking soda and baking powder. If you have these along with an egg or two you can make a cake.

I have always enjoyed baking when I have the time, but I sure don't like to be rushed. Have you ever tried to make a homemade cake in-between car-pooling, tending a cross baby, suffering with a back-ache or being just plain tired? Well don't even go there, the frustration and agony of defeat will leave you spent and believing that you can't make a cake! With a scenario like this there is a good chance that the precious batter will end up going down the disposal.

( You know I've tried this … and there were tears.) There is a place and time for making and baking a cake from scratch, looking back it may not have been with a small child on my hip!

Don't rush the seasons of life.

Now, as perfect as my Mom's Cocoa cake recipe is, I felt it was time to try a new recipe out. Whenever I venture out of my baking comfort zone I go with folks I know. The recipe for this cake and for the caramel icing recipe that I will share next week comes from Trisha Yearwood. I have made a few tweaks here and there.

I dressed up this delicious cake with a handmade cake topper that you can easily make too.

Just click right on over right here!

Thank you for joining me today!

Next week I'll be sharing my homemade Caramel Frosting and I'll share with you the details on how to caramelize brown sugar in a cast iron skillet. Hopefully I will be able to include the video I made too.

Happy weekend !


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  1. Sounds positively scrumptious! There's really nothing better than a homemade chocolate cake. Your icing looks amazing too!

    We make the Perfect Chocolate Cake that's on the Hershey's can.

  2. Oh, this sounds similar to the Hershey's Cocoa chocolate cake that I used to bake long ago. Every birthday, the kids would get this special homemade treat. Your cake looks Yummy, Jemma, and so moist. And the caramel icing really adds something extra. It looks nice on your pretty white cake server. There's nothing like a piece of chocolate cake and a hot cup of coffee, is there?

    A splendid weekend to you.

    love, ~Sheri

  3. Your cake looks beautiful, Jemma, and you can see how moist it must be. I love cocoa cakes too but I've never tried a caramel icing with it. And lately I have trouble not over-caramelizing my caramel so I'll watch your video and try to learn how. I use a black skillet for it too and years ago turned out good icing and then poof it was gone. Poof it back to me, Jemma!

  4. Well, doesn't that look amazing! I'm ready to skip breakfast and go straight to dessert!

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