Grandma's Killer Chocolate Cake By James Patterson

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"Now this will be fun! Shared via my Grandparentsdotcom Newsletter as found in "The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals & Desserts to Die For" & contributed there by mystery writer maestro, James Patterson. I'm a huge fan of the mystery-thriller genre & James Patterson books are my Nook faves. ... "Here’s 1 'killer' Alex Cross always loves to catch - Grandma’s Killer Cake! This is a special family recipe dating from the 1940s, a decadent cake that gets better w/age. It's tastier on Day 2 & you'll need to be a good detective after it's been made & sits there in its glass-domed cake stand, staring back at you w/deadly temptation. A piece mysteriously disappears every time I go to the kitchen. Not to be caught red-handed, so looms the 'Killer Cake Killer'!" Prep time was estimated. Enjoy!"

Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (176.7 g)
  • Calories 608.1
  • Total Fat - 24.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 13.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 86.8 mg
  • Sodium - 404.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 94.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.4 g
  • Sugars - 78.5 g
  • Protein - 5.4 g
  • Calcium - 66.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter & sugar together. Add eggs.

Step 2

Blend in flour & buttermilk in alternating additions, starting & ending w/the flour. Add baking soda mixture, followed by chocolate & vanilla extract.

Step 3

Pour batter into 1 9x12-in pan or 2 round 9-in springform pans. Bake for 30 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven & allow to cool.

Step 4

Combine all frosting ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a full boil & boil for 2 min. Let cool. You can put saucepan on ice if cooling quickly is desired.

Step 5

Remove the cake from the pan, frost & serve.

NOTE: Makes 1 single-layer 9x12-in cake or 1 double-layer 9-in cake

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A very nice chocolate cake twisted. The frosting was to die for. I could have eaten it with a spoon. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe. Quick and easy to make with nice results. Made FYC tag game.

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(3 Oct 2017)