Soggy Granny Cake

My aunt Beth’s birthday was last week, and she requested that I make Soggy Granny Cake, a family recipe passed to us from my Grandma’s best friend Wendy. This cake is amazing! It’s a super moist chocolate cake with a gooey, fudgey frosting that seeps into the cake. It stands second only to my Mom’s secret chocolate cake with red velvet frosting, the fabulousness of which I’m sure has more to do with the maker than the recipe.

Warning: I doubled the frosting this time around, so if you want the cake to come out as overly gooey as pictured, you’d better do the same.

Soggy Granny Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes

Cake Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
4 Tbsp coco
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk

Frosting Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp coco
6 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
4 Tbsp milk


Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

For the cake, bring the butter, shortening, coco, and water just to a boil in a sauce pan.

Mix the remaining cake ingredients in a large bowl or stand mixer.

Pour the boiling mixture into the bowl with the remaining cake ingredients. Mix on a low setting with a hand or stand mixer until ingredients are completely combined.

Pour into greased and floured pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make frosting. In a medium sauce pan, bring all frosting ingredients to just a boil.

After removing cake from the oven, poke holes in the cake and pour the frosting over the cake. Allow to set, the frosting will seep through into the holes.

For most delicious results, serve warm.

Soggy Granny Cake

Enjoy! We’d love to hear what you think if you make this!

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