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The recipe is one my mom has been making and adapting for 30+ years, but she has graciously shared it so commoners like you and I can recreate it on our own.
According to her, it’s a fool-proof recipe, unless you overbake it. So grab a timer and let’s get to work, shall we?
For the cake:
Preheat oven to 350 F, then grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish. Set aside.
Next, sift together the dry ingredients: the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, and unsweetened cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of your stand mixer.
In a 4 cup glass bowl, add butter and the hot water and allow the butter to melt. Add this to the dry ingredients, along with the vanilla, soured milk and eggs. Mix together on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, then pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes or until center almost springs back. Do not overbake.
To make the frosting:
Beat 1 stick room temperature butter with an electric or stand mixer until smooth. Next, mix in instant espresso powder, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar, and beat until smooth. Frosting will be stiff. Thin it by adding vanilla extract plus 1 teaspoon almond extract (or 3 tablespoons amaretto liqueur.)
Let cake cool completely, then frost and enjoy!
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!