My Mother in law use to make the most fabulous chocolate cake. She did not have a written recipe for the frosting and I waited too late before thinking about asking for the recipe. My husband's aunt makes a cake similar to his mom's so I asked her for her recipe. When she gave me her recipe I came home that night and tried making it. Boy, was it a flop! She told me that it took practice to learn the right consistency. She did not lie!
I knew that I would probably never be able to make that cake for my husband. My Great Aunt had given me her copy of a 1946 Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook. I love cookbooks! While looking through the book, I came across a chocolate frosting that was exactly the same the recipe that my husband's aunt had given me. I knew I had to give it a try since it mentioned using the mixer. I was amazed at how it turned out. I finally found the recipe that I needed to make this one of a kind frosting.
Note: This frosting is not a super thick mixture like store bought containers. You may want to layer your cake plate with wax paper before frosting and then remove it after it has set up. I normally slowly pour the frosting on the bottom layer and them smooth it out. When I place the top cake layer on, I pour the frosting and let it run down the sides and smooth it out.
Fudgy Chocolate Frosting
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 1-oz squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
In a pot, heat water and butter; add vanilla and chocolate.
In mixing bowl, add sugar and slowly add the liquid and beat until it reaches spreading consistency.
Leave the cake sitting uncovered until the frosting sets up.