Grandmother's Classic Chocolate Cake.

I grew up so close to food - from family dinners and Sunday suppers, to making all things homemade with my grandmother, it’s no secret that these made-from-scratch moments have shaped who I am. I’ve teamed up with one of my go-to favorite brands, KitchenAid to celebrate our roots in the kitchen and show my #markofmaking.

For me, my inspiration is drawn from very notable marks - splattered recipe cards, stained from ingredients of well-loved recipes that my family members have made over and over again. I just love using old recipes that have been passed down from my great grandmother and grandmothers collections on to me and showing my own children the importance of these traditions.

Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe by heirloomed
Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe by heirloomed
Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe by heirloomed

I treasure every recipe card in my collection, down to each and every splatter they hold from use. Today I chose to make my Grandmother’s Classic Chocolate Cake, an all-time family favorite. I used my KitchenAid Stand Mixer, a product like no other, to bring this recipe to life. And, as you’ll notice if you’ve followed along here for any amount of time, I use it again and again and again in my own home.


  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup sour milk

  • 1/2 hot water

  • 1/2 cup cocoa

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp soda

  • 1tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp vanilla

Start by creaming the sugar and butter together, adding in the egg yolks. Then mix cocoa and hot water, and let cool. Next add sugar into the mixture.

Begin adding sugar to the mixture. Next, add flour and dry ingredients alternately with sour milk.

Lastly add whites of eggs, beaten stiffly. Bake in moderate oven for 35-40 minutes.

Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe by heirloomed
Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe by heirloomed

And, if you want my go-to recipe for Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, be sure to click here - it’s the best pairing.

Chocolate buttercream Frosting Recipe by heirloomed
Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe by heirloomed


Everyone has a special thing that connects them to the kitchen and the recipes they make. I’ve shared mine with you today and I’d love to know what your mark is, what inspires you. Share your story with me by using the hashtag #MarkofMaking.

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Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe by heirloomed


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Martha Stewart: An Heirloom Matriarch.

From garden to craft to cooking-from-scratch, Martha Stewart's MARTHA logo says it all in one intricate glance, embodying everything she is as a person, as a brand, as the heirloom matriarch of our time. I had the very fine honor of crossing off one pretty hefty To-Do on my bucket list this week,  I was invited as an audience guest at Martha's Blog Show. A fabulous trip to New York City was just what I needed in terms of inspiration for a brand new year.

As my thoughts wander about amidst all of the heirloom touches that inspire me each & every day - from fashion to cooking to antiques to architecture - I find it important to also note the people behind such things that keep the past in the present for us all to enjoy. There is no denying that Martha Stewart has build her own well-deserved empire one stitch at a time, but to me, it is Martha who has led the heirloom-chic trend of today; it is she that keeps it alive and well in the world.

For Gen X & Y, knitting is the epitome of cool, Food Network is a can't-miss, everyone wants to grow their own fresh herbs, glitter is all the rage, and KitchenAid Mixers are at the top of everyone's wish list. It is my belief that Martha has inspired all such things in some form or fashion, constantly keeping them in the forefront of fabulous. The craft of sewing or cooking-from-scratch will never be lost in this world of drugstore costumes and microwaved meals.

So, you may check out the live chatter from the oh-so-delicious #blogshow and always thank Martha Stewart, the Heirloom Matriarch of our day, who inspires things from the past to be savored for generations to come.


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