Classic Chocolate Cake

recipe for Classic Chocolate Cake
Classic Chocolate Cake
Semi-Sweet Chocolate4 oz
Water1/2 cups
Butter1 cup
Sugar2 cups
Eggs, separated4 lg
Vanilla1 teaspoon
Unsifted flour2 cups
Baking soda1 teaspoon
Buttermilk or strong cold coffee1 cup
Salt1/2 teaspoon


  1. In heavy saucepan on low heat, melt broken chocolate with water; set aside.
  2. Cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg yolks, one at a time beating after each addition. Mix in melted chocolate and vanilla.
  4. Sift flour with soda.
  5. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk or coffee to chocolate mixture; mix until smooth.
  6. Beat egg whites with salt until very stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
  7. Spread into three 8 or 9″ round cake pans lined with wax paper.
  8. Bake at 350-F about 30 minutes. Cool on rack 10 minutes; remove cake.