This is my wife's "family" chocolate cake recipe. It came from her mother, and has been the family favorite for all of us since the 1st one. It's a "heavy" or dense cake that I love dearly. Years ago, watching someone put the "treasures" with someone as they prepared to bury them, I told her if they decided to do that for me, I wanted one of these to take to the next world...
This is written for a 9"x9" pan; double everything for a 13"x9" (which is all we ever make)
2 cups flour
1 (heaping) cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 level teaspoons baking soda
4 tablespoons of cocoa (she puts heaping ones and and I've heard her tell the kids to put in "extra" for the flavor, and to add extra sugar to compensate, which is why I wrote "heaping" above. 4 tablespoons is 1/4 cup, so a heaping 1/4 cup would probably work well here...)
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
1 teaspoon vanilla
Bake at 350F.
She doesn't have the time on this old yellowing card from when she was in high school, but I want to say 50 minutes is about right...
We don't usually even frost this, it's so good straight from the pan with just a glass of milk. On occasion we used to dust the top with powdered sugar, but usually it's just bake it and eat it; if that 13x9 lasts three days something's wrong!