Irene’s Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake has a creamy caramel homemade icing on top.  Recipe comes from Sue A. Mertens Minick from Hazelwood, MO. She actually found this site on the internet! And yes, she is family 🙂

Chocolate Cake with Caramel frosting

Irene’s Chocolate Cake with Caramel Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Caramel frosting

Irene's Chocolate Cake

Irene was known for her amazing chocolate cake, you can make a chocolate cake just like her. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cakes, Chocolate cake, Scratch baking
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 272kcal


Cake Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Baking Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2/3 cup Shortening
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoon milk
  • 3 cup powdered sugar


  • Cake Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt. Add shortening and whole milk to the sifted mixture. Beat until smooth and add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Beat until mixed. 
  • Pour into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve with Carmel frosting. Frosting Melt butter. Stir in brown sugar and salt. Bring to a hard boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add milk, stirring vigorously. 
  • Put back over heat and bring to a full boil again. Set aside and cool until lukewarm. Stir in powdered sugar until smooth, and cool enough to spread. 


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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