Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hallelujah Cake

It's not terribly pretty, but trust me when I tell you that Hallelujah Cake is about the best dang chocolate cake I've ever made. My Texan friend Johanna gave me the recipe, and I balked at the ingredients and the lack of -- let's say, organization that went into its creation. I've got a bit of southern in me (my maternal grandmother is from the Mississippi Delta), though, and I can completely understand that after dumping all the ingredients together and then mixing it up, you might sing some praises to the Lord.

In fact, click HERE and turn up the sound while baking the cake.

Hallelujah Cake

Sift together:

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt

Melt together:

1 stick butter
1/2 cup veg oil
6 heaping T unsweetened cocoa (I did use the very best here and not grocery store Hershey's)
1 cup water

Pour melted ingredients into dry ingredients


1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix well.
Bake at 350 degrees until done.


1 stick butter, melted
8 heaping T unsweetened cocoa (again, I used good cocoa)
1/3 cup milk
powdered sugar (the amount isn't indicated, but I used 1 box which is about 1 pound or so)

Mix above together and dump on cake. Spread evenly.


  1. oh heaven in a pan. LOVE the name, you poet.

  2. I've got plenty of good cocoa in the house and been really craving chocolate cake for the past two weeks--- I'm so tempted to make that! Could I limit myself to eating only a tiny sliver at a time? Hmmm... Thank you for posting the recipe. I'll meditate on it. Drooling, probably.

  3. I just made that cake this week!

    My girls are home for the summer and It is their favorite cake ever. When they were in high school and the house swarming with their friends I would make that cake at least twice a month.

    Exact same recipe except I use buttermilk in the icing.

  4. How much is a stick of butter? I want to try this. Thanks for the post!

  5. I'm going to try this ... this cake looks very good. I'll let you know how I do with the recipe - I haven't baked in a while :)

  6. I have a Texas sheet cake that sounds a lot like this recipe and oh it is good! I do like the name of this recipe and I do believe that I need to try this cake. Yum Yum YUM!!!!

  7. IMHO Penzey's Natural Cocoa Powder with 24% butterfat is the only substitute for Callebaut or Dagoba.
    And I can hear my hips growing just by reading the recipe which says to me this is a keeper. This is what I will need this week, thanks love.

  8. And to think I used to believe that Hershey's was good cocoa... how wonderful to become educated in these things... I shall make it as soon as I find some very good cocoa.
    thanks for the recipe..

  9. I don't trust a chocolate cake recipe that doesn't have buttermilk in it. I see this one does.

  10. I want to break out in a Hallelujah just reading the recipe and looking at that thick chocolate icing. You are killing me :)

  11. Oh I'm drooling!

    I will be trying this recipe soon. After looking through all the wonderful cakes you make, I'm dying for cake tonight.

  12. Sounds yummy. Emailing this to my baker daughter.

  13. Thank you for the recipe - choc cake is my facourite and I have got a craving at the moment!!

  14. thanks for your sweet hallelujah presence day after day.

    loving the unfurling blossoms too.
    now that's a hallelujah choir if ever i heard one!

  15. Was looking for just the right dessert for today and viola, here it is.As for the header,full bloom and looking oh so beautiful!

  16. As much as I like violas,I meant voila... but something tells me you knew that.One of my big girls caught that one.Typical me.

    Cake is baking.You didn't put how long so I guess I will eyeball and then test it, unless I hear from you otherwise.

  17. The cake looks amazing. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I think that sounds a lot like a cake recipe I have in a 1940's county fair cookbook. I'll have to look it up and check. It's a weird recipe but the BEST!

  19. YUM! I am a chocolate-lovin' girl :)

  20. I found this on Kimmie's and came over to see the recipe! Looks delicious!!



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