An easy way to feed a crowd
My Grandma Hooton was an amazing cook. She was famous for her homemade cinnamon rolls, chicken noodle soup and cabbage rolls- among other things such as fudge and divinity. Grammie, as we called her, would work in the hay fields all day with the hay crew and then, while the rest of us were taking a break because we were so tired, she would be in the kitchen cooking up a delicious chicken fried steak dinner with all the trimmings.
Sometimes Grammie would round off the meal with a yummy chocolate cake and it wasn’t until recently that I realized how perfect it was for large family gatherings. The cake is made in a large jelly roll pan and it serves 24 but it’s easy and fast to fix so you can make two pans fairly simply.
Grammie’s Chocolate Pudding Cake
1 (5-oz) box cook and serve chocolate pudding mix (not instant)
3 cups milk (for the pudding)
1 box DRY chocolate cake mix
2 cups chocolate chips (semisweet or milk)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Make pudding to package directions then combine it with 1 package DRY chocolate cake mix. (DO NOT add the eggs and oil etc) Spread in a prepared 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips and chopped nuts on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.) Cool completely before cutting.
I feel fortunate to have several of my Grandmother’s recipes and some day I’d like to make a “heritage” cookbook but for now I’ll just share this delicious recipe at my next family reunion.