“Candy” Chocolate Cake: Let’s Get Cooking from Elaine in Effingham, Illinois

Here’s another yummy recipe from my  cousin Elaine, who has won cooking awards at the Illinois State Fair.  It is so good that she has to watch that her son (I won’t say which one) doesn’t sneak the cake into his room to eat the whole thing :).  If you are looking for a new holiday cake recipe that everyone who loves chocolate will want, here it is (and you will have only one pan to clean).


“Candy” Chocolate Cake

Add first three ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil:

– 2 sticks oleo

– 1 c. water

– 3 Tb. cocoa

Turn off the heat.


– 2 c. sugar

– 2 c. flour

– 1/2 tsp. salt

– 1 tsp. soda

– 1 tsp. vanilla

– 2 eggs beaten

– 1/2 c. buttermilk


Put mixture in a 15 x 11 jellyroll pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for about 25 minutes (but start watching after 15 minutes)


In the same pan, boil

– 1 stick oleo

– 3 Tbs. cocoa

– 6 Tbs. milk


– 1 box powdered sugar (about 3 cups)

– 1 tsp. vanilla


When you take the cake out of the oven, poke holes with a fork all over the cake (so the frosting will soak in).

Spread frosting on the warm cake.


Elaine and the “Candy” Chocolate Cake

(Optional – sprinkle chopped nuts on top)



Thor, Kegan, & Elaine – a delicious manicotti dinner–and then our dessert: “Candy Chocolate Cake 🙂

Aloha, Renée


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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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