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Kathy’s Easy Chocolate Cake

The easiest chocolate cake to make

One of my friends from work has been telling me about a chocolate cake she makes for the last several years. She said she loved to make the cake because her husband is crazy about it and because it is so easy! She said the recipe was old old old so some of you may be familiar with it.

A couple of nights ago a sweet angel brought my favorite kind of ice-cream and left it in my freezer. I decided the ice-cream needed something hot and chocolate to go with it. Just as I was about to make some hot fudge sauce I remembered Kathy’s cake and decided to make it instead.

Kathy’s Easy Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cup boiling water

Mix first 6 ingredients together and pour into a deep pie plate or baking dish. Don’t grease the pan.

Mix last 3 ingredients together and pour over batter. Do not stir.

Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake is done.

One bowl chocolate cake recipe with boiling water


Scoop out with a spoon to serve. The icing, a thick chocolate sauce, is underneath the cake part.

The spooned out cake is especially good with a glass of milk or even better served over vanilla ice-cream which is how we enjoyed ours.

My favorite brand of ice-cream is Mayfield. My favorite brand of flour is White Lily. I remember being shocked when I realized Mayfield and White Lily are southern companies and not everyone in the country even knows what they are.


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  • Reply
    Amy Jansson
    September 5, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Oh Yum!! I make this once in a while, but we call it chocolate cobbler. It’s amazing!

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    Ginny Peterson
    June 9, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Hudson Cream Flour never noticed this in our stores in Western North Carolina. I will be on the look out for this item. Glad Shirl posted this information.
    Ken, I did not know that JFG coffee was from the Knoxville area..
    Kathy, this cake with ice cream goes what a great dessert.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 2, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I didn’t mean to poo poo Dallas, TX. I only put the TX on it because there is a Dallas, NC not too far away from Newton. What I wanted to convey is that capital investment companies are in the business of making money. They don’t care about the employees of and the communities surrounding the companies they take over. They hire a manager to run the place and if it makes them money they are happy. If not they just shut it down and write it off.
    Midstate Mills was know because it used only locally grown grains. Under it’s new managers who knows what will happen with that. But, it is the fault of the family that let it slip out of their hands not the people that took over. It would have much better if someone local could have taken over and continued the more than eighty year old operation.

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    Sarah MacKenzie
    June 2, 2015 at 12:01 am

    We live near Knoxville and both those names, Mayfield and White Lily, are Knoxville area names. The White Lily Flour Company was founded here in 1885 and was in the same building until 2008 when it closed. I must be a really solid building, because it is being remodeled into apartments now. We took our grandsons on a tour of the Mayfield Dairy last year near Sweetwater and Athens and a part of the entry fee was a serving of ice cream after the tour. Good ice cream! Both companies are solidly, high quality Southern.
    I remember in the 50s when “pudding cakes” were very popular, but they were cakes with pudding mixed in. This sounds a lot like it, though, and also like the chocolate fudge cakes I remember. Thank you so much for the recipe.

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    June 1, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I was right there with Ed Ammons – I do remember the fudge pudding cake – kind of like lava cakes. Then Ed had to go and poo poo Dallas. On the other hand, if it wasn’t for the fact that my daughter’s family lives there; well, I’m not too much for any big city – at least not as a steady diet.
    Ice Cream of choice here is BlueBell – can’t wait until they get their factories cleaned up and production started again – although Braum’s is pretty good too.

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    Suzi Phillips
    June 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Oooh, love Mayfields!! Sadly, we can’t get the milk here in Haywood County. Everytime I make a trip to TN, Mitchell hollers- Don’t forget to bring me some Mayfields!

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    June 1, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Tipper,First cake I ever baked,1953,we called it fudge pudding cake.Thanks for another memory.Continued prayers for pap.God Bless.

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    June 1, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Tipper, you reminded me of the time I was astonished that I could not find Necco Wafers anywhere in Colorado. Growing up in MA where Necco Wafers were as common as chewing gum, it had never once occurred to me to wonder about the name…it stands for New England Confectionery Company! Those hard disks of flavored sugar have been around since the 1800s and were apparently carried by Union soldiers. If you don’t have them down your way and are curious, I’ll be happy to send you a roll!

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    Henry Horton
    June 1, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Best brand o ice cream? Home made in a hand crank freezer. Gonna get me one before the blackberries ripen! If i had an oven would try the cake for sure.

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    Phyllis S
    June 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Going to have to try the cake with
    Tillamook ice cream. That is a west coast treat.

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    Jed Sr.
    June 1, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    well , I thought you were goin there but ya didn’t lol . old fashioned chocolate fudge cake , yellow layer cake with homemade fudge icing , warm , that thing will make ya hurt yourself with some ice cold (raw) milk lol. I was raised on a dairy :)). well maybe next time . yours does sound good and simple

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    Ed Ammons
    June 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    So you are saying that if I remember the recipe I am old old old. I think I resemble that remark.
    That dish looks like the hot fudge cake we used to get at Myra’s in Valdese. You know Myra’s, the place with the life sized Marilyn Monroe that greets you at the door.
    My mother chose Southern Biscuit over White Lily. Southern Biscuit is made in Newton, NC not too far from where I live now. It came from Midstate Mills until recently and was family owned. They made flour, meal and animal feed for many years. We used their products when we raised chickens on Wiggins Creek fifty some years. A couple of years ago the business went bankrupt and was taken over by a capital investment company out of Dallas TX. It’s a shame! It will never be the same!

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    June 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

    That is a good lookin’ cake made
    without eggs, but I bet it’s tasty. Mine comes out of a box (Duncan Heinz), but I agree with Mayfield Ice Cream being the Best. Although I don’t drink it regularly, cause I got hooked on
    Folgers and Maxwell House, one
    other coffee is a southern delight, JFG and it’s made right
    in Knoxville…Ken

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    Wanda Devers
    June 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Mayfield’s is good & so is White Lily but Mama swore by Martha White. I’ve heard people call biscuits “Marthey Whites”.
    The cake sounds good & a good size for us–I’ll have to try it & make some ice cream in my little freezer.
    Hope Pap is still progressing. Our 99 yr old uncle fell about a wk ago & broke his hip. He has been in good health other than a stroke he recovered from. He said he was determined & if “they” said do 5 exercises, he would do 10.

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    Pamela Danner
    June 1, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Looks de-lishous! Going to try this one for sure! We love Mayfield brown cows. YUM! We really loved Bluebell ice-cream, hope they eventually come back.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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    Ron Banks
    June 1, 2015 at 9:59 am

    That looks good and I’m going to try it. I like Mayfield icecream and milk. Didn’t know they made anything else but White Lily flour! That’s all my mother would use and my wife as well. You can actually tour Mayfield farms. They also grow and sell produce on the farm. My wife took the kids there a few years ago. They are in Athens TN. We are planning a homeschool field trip there later this summer.
    I hope your dad is still improving and on his way to a full recovery.

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    June 1, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I know it is morning – usually breakfast time, but oh I am so dreaming of having this right now. Thanks for the recipe! Hope you are remembering to keep all these recipes for you hope to put together cookbook for sale. Yummy!

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    June 1, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Mayfield Ice Cream is a popular brand here in KY and the $1.00 off coupons that are always available makes it a favorite around here too. My mother in-law made the best biscuits using Hudson Cream Flour. At that time it wasn’t available in the Louisville area. I buy it at Wal-mart now and don’t have to wait to stock up when I go to eastern Kentucky. Their cornmeal is also the best! It’s finely ground and so tasty.

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    Mike McLain
    June 1, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I grew up with Mayfield’s but spent much of my adult life (35 years) in South Florida where I never saw Mayfield’s. My favorite, though, is hand-cranked ice cream with a White Mountain freezer. It tastes better when some sweat is created in the making!

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    b. Ruth
    June 1, 2015 at 8:33 am

    It sure is a simple and quick cake to make. I haven’t made one in a long time. I think this cake has to be served with ice cream over it or under it! Makes for a really rich dessert. Careful you don’t let your eyes fool your stomach!
    Mayfield Dairy is in Athens TN located in the Sweetwater valley.
    Their ice cream is our choice.
    One time they made ice cream that tasted just like snow cream…it was really good…but they quit making it! I love vanilla bean…and of course chocolate!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Did you’ll get any of our Basil? We had a terrible strong wind and pouring rain yesterday afternoon. The Basil looked like twisted chopped liver…LOL

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    Ron Stephens
    June 1, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Mayfield has – I believe – their home office in West Knoxville beside I40/75 complete with Elsie the Brown Cow standing out front. They also have a plant tour (complete with an ice cream sample I think) just off I75 at or near the Sweetwater-Madisonville exit. As you can tell by my qualifiers, I have not visited myself yet but keep it in mind as a possibility one day with our one grandboy and other prospective grandchildren.

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    Miss Cindy
    June 1, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Tip, that cake looks and sounds wonderful and certainly begs for vanilla ice cream to go with it. It’s looks so simple and easy and just the right amount not to have too much left over.
    I never thought about Mayfield and White Lily being southern companies but their names should have been a hint.
    I’ve heard of White Lily all my life but Mayfield only about half my life. It’s funny but I just expected those to be available in any grocery store in this country.
    Todays post is proof that the best things in life are simple!

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