Another favorite is the recipe I am sharing today. It is one that I always prepare when I am in need of comfort. Also - one of my brothers is a truck driver and used to make runs that would bring him by our home. I would always fix something special for supper for him and tried to make this cake for him. I would always send a big piece of it with him so he would have some later. My husband actually likes to eat it in a glass with milk poured over it. I hope you enjoy it as well. Just as a warning - it is very rich, but oh so moist!
Wesson Oil Cake
2 cups flour 1 cup buttermilk
2 cups sugar 1 cup Wesson Oil
2 tsp soda 2 eggs
½ tsp salt 1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup cocoa
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 X 13 pan by spraying with Joy or grease and flour the pan.
Sift dry ingredients together. Add buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add 1 cup very hot water. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 30 – 35 minutes until top springs back when lightly touched.
Begin preparing the icing about 5 minutes before the cake is done.
1 stick butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1/3 cup cocoa
Combine all ingredients in a large skillet (cast iron is the best). Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. I use a whisk at the beginning to be sure all the lumps are out and everything is combined well, then switch to a spoon. Continue cooking until thick. Pour over warm cake.
** Because I am an airhead - completely forgot to get a picture of the cake after the pouring the icing over it. Of course - we had a slight mishap as we were pouring the icing over the cake. The cast iron skillet is a large one as I doubled the cake and icing recipe. My husband was helping pour when the pan slipped out of his hands and gouged a piece out of the cake and icing went flying (I really think it might have been a freudian slip as he really wanted a piece of the cake and it was going to a dinner at the church!). Fortunately, since the icing is just a little thicker than a glaze - it just sort of filled in where the pan fell and no one could tell.
Anyway - this is truly one of those comfort foods for me! I adore Wesson Oil Cake and the icing is unlike any I have ever had anywhere else.