Grandma's chocolate cake
3 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened
chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter,
softened 2 1/4 cups
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream, soured milk
1 cup boiling water
Makes 12 servings.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour two 9-inch layer pans or a 9-by-13-inch pan.
Beat chocolate with butter. Add sugar and beat until well blended. Add eggs one at a time and beat until batter is smooth. Stir in vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients. Beat them into the batter alternately with the sour cream. Add boiling water; mix. Pour into prepared pans.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes for 9-by-13 pan, 25 to 30 minutes for layers, or until cake tests done. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn onto wire racks to cool completely before frosting.
Nutritional information per serving: 408 calories (36 percent from fat), 17 g fat (10 g saturated, 5 g monounsaturated), 82 mg cholesterol, 5.5 g protein, 62 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 303 mg sodium.