This is a delicate sour cream based chocolate layer cake that for years, my
mother attributed to my dad's mother, Annie Goldman. "The best cake I ever had,"
my mom often claimed, "was your Grandma Goldman's sour cream chocolate cake."
Once she even mentioned that my grandmother made this weekly for my father when
he was a young man. Later on, she confided that she thought the recipe was from
the back of the Swan's Down Cake Flour box and though others made it, my grandma
made it best. I was impressed - partly because the cake sounded mouth-wateringly
delicious but also because it was those rare things that a mother-in-law and
daughter-in-law seemed to have absolute agreement on. Over the years, other
family members disputed that this recipe is one of Grandma Goldman’s. But I
associate it with her and am loath to relinquish any part of a family myth,
especially when it involves one of my fondest people.
recipe is actually adapted from the outstanding, heirloom one that appeared on
the back of the Swan's Down Cake Flour box for many years. It is good as a
layer cake or baked in a 9 by 13 inch pan, for a more informal cake to serve at
Sukkot, and that is the position it is indexed in my first cookbook.
recipe is offered to Holly, of www.HeritageRecipes.com, to share with her
visitors, along with my best wishes for her continued success in this wonderful
A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking is my loving
salute to my, and everyone else’s, grandmother, nonna, nan, baking types, or
3 squares unsweetened chocolate melted and cooled
2 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbl. cornstarch
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup boiling water
Double Chocolate Icing:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips melted and cooled
1/4 cup shortening or unsalted butter (I prefer butter)
3/4 cup unsalted butter or unsalted margarine
3-4 cups confectioners' sugar, measured then sifted
1/3 cup cocoa, measured then sifted
1/2 cup coffee or half-and-half
oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two 9 inch layer pans and line with
parchment paper circles or a 9 by 13 inch rectangular pan.
melted, cooled chocolate with the butter. Add the sugar until fluffy and well
blended. Add the eggs, a bit at a time until mixture is smooth. Stir in
vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients to blend. Add dry
ingredients, along with sour cream to the batter, alternating dry ingredients
and sour cream until batter is smooth, mixing on low speed of mixer, scraping
bowl often. Add boiling water. Batter will be thin. Pour into prepared pans.
35-40 minutes until cake springs back when gently pressed with fingertips. Cool
in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto cake rack.
shortening and butter or margarine together with l cup of the confectioners'
sugar. Add remaining confectioners' sugar, cocoa and melted chocolate. Whip on
high speed, add in a bit of milk or cream to get light, fluffy consistency. If
not using right away, re-whip before using. Add additional milk or cream to get
correct consistency (a tablespoon at a time).
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