Lynn’s Recipes: Bessie’s Chocolate Cake

We’ve been putting together a collection of recipes for foods that have appeared in the comic over the years, or in the calendars we’ve published in years past. You can see the whole series of recipes here. This one is a Johnston family recipe for a from-scratch chocolate cake. Hope you enjoy!


¼ cup cocoa
1 cup flour
½ cup water
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups icing sugar
1 lightly beaten egg
3 tbsps.of hot water


Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cocoa, water, and milk in sauce pan and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from stove and add butter (stir until melted). Add sugar, vanilla, and egg. Whisk until smooth.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour batter into a lightly greased 8 inch cake pan and bake for 25 minutes.

To make icing, mix together icing sugar, cocoa, and water until smooth. Carefully spread over HOT cake (fresh from the oven ). Allow cake to cool before serving.

I rarely eat chocolate cake, but this one’s too good to resist.