Home for the Holidays: Chocolate Cake Recipe with Sean D. Young

Baking, decorating, family…all the things that fill the holidays with joy. Join our Entangled authors as they share a little something special from their home during the holidays.

Chocolate Cake Recipe with Sean D. Young

Every Christmas, my sister and I would help my grandmother bake her chocolate cake. Now, this was never any ordinary cake from the box. This beautiful piece of sugary confection was made from scratch. As the years passed, we always looked forward to making this cake with her. So, since my grandmother passed away in 2001, I now make this cake for the family at Christmastime.

What always fascinated me was making the icing. She always made it from Hershey’s Cocoa. Now, mind you the recipe for “Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Frosting is on the side of the container. What set our cake apart from others was that my grandmother spread the icing on the cake while it was hot and then added crushed pecans around the sides and whole pecans on top. It is truly my favorite cake to bake each and every year.

Below is the ingredients and instructions on making the icing.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
  • 2. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

While that’s baking get into the holiday mood with The Christmas Promise by Sean D. Young

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1 Reply on Home for the Holidays: Chocolate Cake Recipe with Sean D. Young

  • This is a wonderful article. Makes me want to bake a cake right now. The pictures are very nice. Regardless of whether I bake a cake or not–I definitely will be reading THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE during the holidays. Congrats Sean on another winner.

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