My dad passed away on March 13th, two days after his 68th birthday. We gave out “prayer cards” at his wake with his picture on one side and the recipe for his favorite chocolate cake on the other. The recipe was handled down from his grandmother and has become a tradition for family birthdays.
Melt 2 squares of cooking chocolate and 3 tablespoons of margarine in a pot. Add ½ cup boiling water, 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Remove from heat and mix well. In a separate bowl mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda with ½ cup of sour cream. Add this to the pot, mix well, add 1 egg, beat, add 1 cup flour, beat and pour into a greased and a floured 8″ pan. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes.