Just in time for Mother’s Day, a delicious Gooey Chocolate Cake made from one of my favorite cookbooks, A Taste of Oregon, plus a beautiful table setting from Q Squared NYC.

Gooey Chocolate Cake Recipe

Hooray for all the moms in our lives! A big thank you to all the mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, aunts, wives, sisters, friends … fellow moms, mentors, and women who love with a mother’s heart and give so much to other people.

Sending Mother’s Day Cards.

Every year I try to send cards on Mother’s Day to younger ladies in my life, ones who I think are fantastic mamas. I also love to think about about the many virtues that these ladies have, all so unique and different, and reflect upon my own mama, whom I adored.

Q Squared NYC Dishes with Gooey Chocolate Cake Recipe

I also love to set the table to host a fun party.

Q Squared NYC Dishes with Gooey Chocolate Cake Recipe

Q Squared Cambridge Rose Collection.

Q Squared NYC has a brand new pattern that I love, their Cambridge Rose’s graceful floral motif, that adds a touch of vintage English art and romance to the modern dining experience.

Here’s how to set the table for the lovely ladies in your life.

Q Squared NYC Dishes with Gooey Chocolate Cake Recipe

Chances are, you know at least a few moms who deserve a little pampering on Mother’s Day. If you’d like some creative ideas, I’ve included a menu below. But more importantly, the dessert … all women love chocolate, it seems, so this Gooey Chocolate Cake is the perfect treat after the meal is over.

Q Squared NYC Dishes with Gooey Chocolate Cake Recipe

Set the table.

Cambridge Rose Collection has 3 plates that I adore.

10.5″ Round Ruffle Platter, Hammered Texture – Dinner plate

8″ Round Ruffle Platter, Hammered Texture – Salad plate

5.5″ Round Ruffle Platter, Hammered Texture – Appetizer plate

Provence Red Flatware

Q Squared NYC Dishes with Gooey Chocolate Cake Recipe

Gooey Chocolate Cake.

I added red geranium buds. And Gooey Chocolate Cake!

For all the lovely things that women do for others, I hope my table helps inspire, honor, and celebrate the amazing mothers in our lives!

How about setting the table and letting your mom (or special mom person) know how great she is this year, by throwing her a small luncheon or party?

Gooey Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Gooey Chocolate Cake

Adapted from The Taste of Oregon cookbook. I like that most of the ingredients can already be found in our kitchen cabinets!


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup strong, hot coffee
  • 2 cups  heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine and mix well buttermilk, oil, and eggs. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together flour, sugar, soda, salt. Add cocoa.
  • Combine liquid and dry ingredients, alternating with cup of coffee. Beat well.
  • Bake at 350 degrees in a greased and floured 9“ x 13” or 10“ x 14” pan for 35-40 minutes. Cool for 30-40 minutes.
  • Whip cream; when stiff, add the cocoa, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Frost the cake with the whipped cream and serve immediately.
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