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Aunt Henrietta's Chocolate Frosting

This recipe is from my mother's sister-in-law, aunt Henrietta. My mom wrote it down on a 3x5 recipe card at one of my bridal showers 28 years ago.

Aunt Henrietta's Chocolate Frosting

Aunt Henrietta's Chocolate Frosting


1 cube (1/2 cup) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup canned evaporated milk
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (I use heaping instead of level)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Mix sugar and cocoa powder together with a wire whisk in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Gradually add milk whisking as you pour. Cut better into slices and add. Cook over medium heat until it starts to boil, stirring almost constantly. Watch closely as it will sometimes boil over (remove pan from heart carefully or turn down flame if that starts to happen). The time will vary based on weather but let it boil gently for several minutes. It will rise toward the top of the pan then settle back down into the lower third of pan. Turn off the heat and add the vanilla extract. Let cool slightly (it will thicken up as it cools). Pour over a cake baked in a 9x13 inch baking pan (I sometimes poke holes in the cake evenly so that the frosting will seep in a little). The cake should be relatively cool when you pour the frosting over but I like to eat it while the frosting is still warm, with vanilla ice-cream of course! If there are any left-overs be sure to reheat in the microwave just a little before eating, it's similar to a molten lava cake in flavor and texture. It's best if you can cover it without the wrapper touching the frosting, it will lift off the cake when you remove it.

TJTalks TJTalks 4 years 52 weeks
Just made this for a friends birthday and everyone loved it!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 5 years 36 weeks
This recipe has been a favorite of my family for many years as well! It is so easy and sinfully delicious! :) @fuzzles--I "have" set down in the kitchen and eaten this from the pan with a spoon...and I was glad I did! LOL ;)
Mimikins Mimikins 5 years 37 weeks
Thanks for the recipe. It looks really good!
lauren lauren 5 years 40 weeks
That does look incredibly tasty!
ohyoucook ohyoucook 5 years 40 weeks
Yum! Thanks for sharing a family recipe!
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 5 years 40 weeks
Looks delicious!
Iveenia Iveenia 5 years 40 weeks
wow - so all were like eating and you who made it - had to take the left-overs - ya - that = Mum's life :) - anyway - the joy the others have is the biggest reward - right?
TJTalks TJTalks 5 years 40 weeks
I did enjoy the spoon and a decent amount that 'stuck' to the side of the pan....just had a piece of the left-overs, which is even good the next day.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years 40 weeks
:feedme: Oh God. If I made this, it wouldn't even have a chance of making it to a cake. I'd be sitting on the kitchen floor with the bowl and the biggest spoon I could find!
Sweet-Kirstin Sweet-Kirstin 5 years 40 weeks
OMG, YUMMY & TO DIE FOR sweetkirstin
Iveenia Iveenia 5 years 40 weeks
ohhhhhhhhhhh :DROOL: