Lizzie's Old Fashioned Cocoa Cake with Caramel Icing (Trisha Yearwood) Recipe

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Lizzie's Old Fashioned Cocoa Cake with Caramel Icing (Trisha Yearwood)
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  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 sticks (2/3 cup) butter, plus more to grease pans
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • cooking spray
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • special equipment: candy thermometer


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour two 9-inch cake pans
  2. For the cake: Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Add the flour mixture in stages with 1 1/3 cups water, beginning and ending with the flour.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between the pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Turn the layers out onto racks that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. For the caramel icing: Mix 3 cups of the sugar and the milk in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Bring slowly to a boil and keep it hot. Caramelize the remaining cup of sugar in an iron skillet. Do this by cooking over medium-high heat and stirring and scraping the pan with a flat-edged spatula as the sugar melts. Continue to cook until the syrup turns to medium or dark brown in color. This occurs at about 320 degrees F to 350 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Do not scorch the syrup. Stream the syrup into the boiling sugar and milk mixture and cook to the soft ball stage, about 238 degrees F. Add the butter, vanilla extract and baking soda.
  5. Pour the hot mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat as it cools until the icing is creamy, 15 to 20 minutes. Watch the icing because it will go from runny to too thick very quickly. Spread on the cake layers while the icing is still warm. If it becomes too stiff, add a few drops of hot water.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 691.43 Kcal (2895 kJ)
Calories from fat 339.19 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37.69g 58%
Cholesterol 141.67mg 47%
Sodium 437.97mg 18%
Potassium 188.5mg 4%
Total Carbs 84.89g 28%
Sugars 65.37g 261%
Dietary Fiber 1.16g 5%
Protein 5.69g 11%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 15%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 68.4mg 7%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 408.18 Kcal (1709 kJ)
Calories from fat 200.24 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22.25g 58%
Cholesterol 83.63mg 47%
Sodium 258.55mg 18%
Potassium 111.28mg 4%
Total Carbs 50.12g 28%
Sugars 38.59g 261%
Dietary Fiber 0.68g 5%
Protein 3.36g 11%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 15%
Iron 0.4mg 3%
Calcium 40.4mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 16.7
  • 19

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sugar

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