Grandma’s Chocolate Glaze for Yellow Cake

Last week we lost a very dear member of our family, Ryan’s Grandma Dolores passed away. While she had been sick for a while, it doesn’t make it any easier dealing with the loss. We will all miss her smile. We will all miss her hugs. We will all miss her kindness and warmth. And personally, I will miss the way she loved me as if I was her grandchild. As we approach the funeral, I am remembering not the sadness that I feel right now at losing her but the happiness I feel when I remember all of the wonderful things, including this yellow cake with chocolate glaze.

When Ryan and I lived back home Grandma’s house would be the place we would go for family meals. She would always prepare the biggest meals. I’m not even talking about Thanksgiving or Christmas. I’m talking regular ol’ Sunday family meals. She’d make a couple different kinds of entrees, more sides then you could even imagine and always at least two desserts. And always this yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

It was my favorite. It was fluffy and chocolatey. But the best thing about it was that Grandma knew it was my favorite and I could tell that she made it with love each and every time that she made it. One time while I was savoring the last bite of the cakey goodness, I said “This is so good. Can I have the recipe?” She laughed a little and said “Well its just a box cake with some chocolate sauce over the top.” I guess it made sense that it was a boxed cake since she prepared meatloaf, crispy fried shrimp, salad with homemade creamy pesto dressing, asparagus, pasta salad, rolls, fruit salad and an apple pie all for the same meal. But alas, the chocolate sauce was homemade so that is the recipe that I share with you today.

One bite of this cake and I know that while she might not be here to hug, her spirit, her love, her kindness and her memory will always be with us. Goodbye Grandma. We love you.

Grace Dolores Skadsen

The Recipe

  • Makes enough to frost one bundt cake
  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Melt chocolate and butter together over low heat. Once melted whisk in powdered sugar, mix well. Stir in water 1 tablespoon at a time. Whisk in vanilla
  2. Drizzle over cake.
  3. Allow to set until chocolate hardens.
  4. Slice and serve with plenty of milk and hugs.

Enjoy!

  • http://www.foodiesathome.com foodies at home

    I am so sorry for you loss. I too lost my grandma a couple years back. We were so close and I miss her very much. It’s amazing how recipes, smells and tastes can bring back so many wonderful memories. The one thing I did take from my grandma was her recipe books. It’s great to have those precious meals that bring those feelings back. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • http://www.bakingandboys.com Katrina

    Great post. Sorry for your loss.
    I just posted about some zucchini cookies I made because I found a handwritten recipe from my grandma (who passed away in 1984). These are the best kinds of recipes, aren’t they?!

  • Lynnell

    I’m so sorry for you loss, our hearts and thoughts are with you!

  • http://verabear.net Vera

    She lives on in each of you, and I think that sharing her chocolate frosting that you so enjoyed during your lunches and dinners is a wonderful way of remembering her and paying her tribute.

  • http://jennsfoodjourney.blogspot.com Jenn’s Food Journey

    I’m so sorry for yours and Ryan’s loss…but what a great tribute to his Grandma. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Thank you everyone for your nice comments. Your thoughts and prayers mean so much to us.

  • http://www.mangiodasola.com Memoria

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know that mere words from a virtual stranger cannot remove the pain, but I do feel sorry. I hope that you and your family will stay strong and make it through this hard time. Whenever I try out this recipe, and I will, I will think of her always.

  • http://www.scandifoodie.blogspot.com Maria @ Scandifoodie

    This is excellent! I am often trying to find a better recipe for chocolate glaze, but I have a feeling I won’t have to be looking for it anymore! Thanks for sharing!

  • NS

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Regards,
    N

  • Cheryl

    Des,
    I made a yellow cake today for Thanksgiving here in Canada. I decided to try Ryan’s Grandma’s Chocolate Glaze for my cake. Lets just say that I came home from my mom’s with an empty cake container! :D Everyone raved about it and had seconds! Thanks for sharing such a special recipe! It will be staying in our family for years to come :)

    Cheryl

  • Melissa

    Thank you for sharing! This is delicious! Grandma’s always know what they are doing in the kitchen :). so sorry for your loss…

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My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »

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