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.
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
Drizzle over cake.
Allow to set until chocolate hardens.
Slice and serve with plenty of milk and hugs.