5 from 2 votes
Layer cake with chocolate frosting
Grandma’s Chocolate Layer Cake
Work Time
30 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins
This recipe is from Betty Crocker's Cook book for Boys and Girls, Susan's first childhood cookbook, which was published in 1957. She said it was such a thrill to "discover" actual recipes. A classic for sure.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 9441 kcal
  • cups cake flour sifted
  • cups sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk divided
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 lb milk chocolate melted
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate melted
  • 12 oz unsalted butter softened
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add shortening, ⅔ cup milk and vanilla and beat on medium speed until shortening is incorporated, about 2 min. Add remaining ⅓ cup milk and eggs and beat 2 min.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 30 to 35 min. Cool in pans 15 min, then turn out and cool completely.
  4. Make frosting: Combine melted chocolate and butter and stir on medium-low speed until creamy and glossy, about 2 min.
  5. Trim domed tops from cooled cakes. Place one layer on a cake plate and spread with 3/4 cup frosting, then top with second layer. Cover entire cake with remaining frosting.
Recipe Notes

Easy to assemble and oh, so delicious.


Nutrition Facts
Grandma’s Chocolate Layer Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 9441 Calories from Fat 5769
% Daily Value*
Fat 641g986%
Saturated Fat 349g2181%
Cholesterol 1096mg365%
Sodium 2714mg118%
Potassium 4922mg141%
Carbohydrates 917g306%
Fiber 50g208%
Sugar 630g700%
Protein 86g172%
Vitamin A 9485IU190%
Calcium 1348mg135%
Iron 32.1mg178%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.