Category Archives: Cake

It’s Tradition!


In my family there is a cake that all little Oberlies’ eat on their first birthday.  It’s a once a year kinda cake… and its magic!

Serve it up with a big glass of ice, cold milk and sit down and enjoy!

It has a rich cocoa taste, that is moist.  It is crumbly, but I think that adds to its wonder, cuz as every girl knows, crumbs don’t count.   If you are a coffee fan, then the icing will make your day!
So how do you make it?  — Well let’s hope I’m not breaking any secrets by advertising.  Let’s cross our fingers Grandma doesn’t hunt me down.


3 c – flour
2 tsp – baking soda
3 heaping TBSP – cocoa
pinch of salt
1 c – shortening
2 c – sugar
2 c – buttermilk
1 tsp – vanilla
2 eggs

Mix and Bake:

Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans and preheat oven to 350  degrees F.

Shift flour, baking soda, cocoa, and salt together; set aside.  Combine shortening and sugar; blend till creamy.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Add flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating between.

Pour into pans and bake for 30 minutes.  Turn out  to cool on racks.

While waiting for cake to cool, make the icing!

Creating Icing:

6 Tbsp -butter, melted
6 heaping Tbsp – cocoa
6 Tbsp – coffee, brewed
1 tsp – vanilla
Powdered sugar

Add cocoa, butter, coffee, and vanilla until well mixed. Add powdered sugar until icing thickens.