This Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Chocolate Frosting is a sweet, chocolate cake, with a fluffy light frosting, to serve for any occasion!

Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Chocolate Frosting

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Friends, the holidays can be tough for many, with loneliness setting in, possibly rejection from family members and friends. But choosing to be grateful for the small gifts in life is a way to fight off being bitter and sad.

It’s better to have loved than not to have loved at all rings in my head, reminding me that my little world will always remain small unless I’m willing to open up to others. I’m reminded of Henri Nouwen’s words, “claiming your blessedness always leads to a deep desire to bless others!” (And by the way, if you want a good, inspiring, small, profound book to read in the new year, I highly recommend Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen.)

Hospitality is about love

The heart check that I often have to make, when it comes to hospitality and inviting others into our home, is if I’m trying to impress, or trying to care and love those entering my home. My desire is to love on folks who sit at our table, get to know them and feed them well, but oftentimes I get too caught up in the details. Hospitality is about love, and not performance or doing it all perfect or “right.”

Sometimes the best meals are ones that are simple, but even if it’s just for chips and beer, or dessert and coffee, or a potluck where everyone brings a dish, the point is fellowship.

Fellowship and connecting with others.

Knowing that we have been blessed with so much, and because of those blessings, the warmth and love that we give to our guests is the secret ingredient to entertaining, Friends!

Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting


Today I’m sharing a simple chocolate cake, with a whipped cream frosting.

Delicious, not too sweet, perfect for the new year!


What are your hospitality goals for 2016?

Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Chocolate Frosting
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Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Chocolate Frosting

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 10
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  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt chocolate. Cool.
  • Sift flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat butter until soft.
  • Add brown sugar and eggs and beat until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and add cooled chocolate.
  • Stir in dry ingredients (I now use unbleached flour) alternately with sour cream, beating well. Stir in boiling water.
  • Pour into greased and floured 9×13 cake pan or two 9 in. layer pans. Bake for approximately 35 min. (9×13) or 25 min. (9 in. pans) or until it tests done.
  • Cool in pans on wire rack 10 min.
  • In a small bowl, whip the cream. Add the cocoa, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Lightly mix; serve on top of the “cooled” chocolate cake.
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Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Chocolate Frosting