Chocolate Yeast Cake and Chocolate Fluffy Frosting

Last weekend was my dad’s birthday and my mom and I decided that it was a special event, so we wanted to make a very special cake. This cake takes 2 days to make, so it’s really one for a special occasion. This is a recipe from my dad’s Great Aunt Helen and was passed down from her to my grandmother to my mom and now me. It’s been in our family for years and was first served by my grandmother as a birthday cake for my father when he was a teenager.

Here’s my version of the recipes for the cake and frosting:

Chocolate Yeast Cake

1 cup shortening
3 eggs
1 ½ packets or 4 ½ tsp. rapid rise or instant yeast
2 ¾ cups flour
3 T. hot water
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
2 cups sugar
3 squares chocolate – melted
¼ cup warm water
½ tsp. salt
½ cup milk
1 tsp. baking soda

Cream shortening, add sugar and cream well. Add beaten egg yolks, melted chocolate and yeast dissolved in warm water. Add flour and salt alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Cover and set aside overnight. Next morning, add baking soda dissolved in hot water and vanilla. Mix in well-beaten egg whites lightly. Bake in form pan (angel food cake pan) at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Chocolate Fluffy Frosting

8 Tbsp. butter or ¼ lb. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 squares chocolate, melted
1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
2 beaten egg yolks (reserve egg whites for later)
¼ tsp. salt
Mix above together. Beat egg whites. Add additional 1 ½ cups conf. sugar to egg whites. Fold into chocolate mixture.

Note: I made a mistake with the frosting. If you follow this recipe, it should come out much fluffier than what you see in the photo.

P.S. I promise better and more photos in the future.