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Homemade Chocolate Cake
Homemade Chocolate Cake

This recipe is a $25,000 prize winner (first place!) from Pillsbury's 3rd Grand National Recipe and Baking Contest (currently known as the Pillsbury Bake-Off) in 1951.

According to Dollar Times, that's the equivalent of $233,049.00 in today's dollars!  That's big money!

It's a delicious chocolate cake, with a chocolate cream cheese frosting that gets added to the batter to make a wonderfully textured cake!


6 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup butter, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups (1 1/2 lbs.) confectioner's (powdered) sugar
1/4 cup hot water
4 oz. unsweeted baking chocolate, melted
3 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk


1.  Heat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

2.  With a mixer, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup of the butter with the vanilla until smooth.  Beat in 3 cups of the powdered sugar.  Slowly add the hot water, beating well.  Add the remaining sugar and beat until smooth.  Blend in the chocolate until smooth and combined.

3.  Reserve 2 cups of the cream cheese mixture (this will be used to frost the cake with later).  Take the remaining 2 cups and add 1/4 cup of the butter; mix thoroughly.  Blend in the eggs, one at a time.  Beat for 1 minute.

4.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and the salt.  Add 1/3 of the flour to the batter; then 1/2 of the milk.  Beat well.  Add another 1/3 of the flour, the rest of the milk, then add the rest of the flour, beating well after each addition.

5.  Divide the batter evenly between the 2 prepared cake pans.  Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

6.  Cool completely.  Frost with the reserved frosting.

Homemade Chocolate Cake

Here is the original 1951 recipe by Mrs. Samuel P. Weston, from La Jolla, California:

1951 Pillsbury Bake Off Winning Recipe
1951 Pillsbury Bake Off Winning Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Cake


  1. This looks so amazing! Pinned. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls


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