My husband's family has had a traditional chocolate cake they make for EVERY birthday party!!!! I believe the original recipe came from his aunt Janice. When I first joined the family I thought it was really boring to always have the same cake. But I have come to LOVE it just like everyone else. When I was diagnosed with celiac disease I knew I would have to adapt it to be gluten free. It took me several times to get it perfect, but I believe it is there. We had a family party yesterday to celebrate 6 birthdays and so I made the traditional chocolate cake gluten free for everyone and they all loved it. You'd never know it was gluten free.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa + 1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups featherlight mix *
1/2 cup GF mix**
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and dust two 9" round pans.
I have made in a 9 x 13 pan too.
Cream sugars and butter.
Beat eggs, add to creamed sugar/butter & mix well.
Add cocoa w/ butter & vanilla, blend.
I use the powdered buttermilk. It is much easier to have on hand and not waste any.
Mix up the buttermilk powder (2 Tbsp) with 1/2 cup water.
Mix together featherlight mix, GF mix, xanthan gum & baking powder.
Alternate adding flour mix and buttermilk - a little at a time.
Put baking soda in the bottom of a measuring cup; add boiling water.
Add to cake mix a little at a time.
Divide cake mix into the two 9" pans.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool Cake in pans while you make the frosting.
1/2 cup butter/margarine
4 Tbsp cocoa
6 Tbsp milk
1 lb/box powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Melt butter, add remaining ingredients. Mix until smooth.
Dump one cake out onto a plate. Frost top and sides. Add second cake on top. Use toothpicks to keep in place. Finish frosting the whole cake.
* You can find the featherlight mix recipe here.
** You can find the GF mix recipe here at the end.