‘Mama’ was a German lady, and her chocolate cake recipe is still a family favorite.
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup kefir or buttermilk
- powdered sugar to dust, if desired
Melt the butter in a sauce pan, then add water and cocoa powder. Stir until smooth and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, cardamom and salt. Add the liquid mixture from the saucepan, the eggs, and the plain kefir or buttermilk.
Blend well; the batter will look glossy.
Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 9×13″ cake pan. If using a different cake pan, baking time will have to be adjusted.
Pour batter into the cake pan and bake for 25 – 30 minutes; the cake is done if an inserted wooden tooth pick or skewer comes out clean.
Let cool, then dust with powdered sugar.