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I was living in Tennessee at the time and my family was back in Louisiana. One day suffering from home sickness I decided I really needed a piece of my mother's Chocolate Fudge Cake. I called and got
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It's Alive

posted at 12/24/2008 5:08 PM EST
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I was living in Tennessee at the time and my family was back in Louisiana. One day suffering from home sickness I decided I really needed a piece of my mother's Chocolate Fudge Cake. I called and got the recipe and her advice for baking it and proceeded to mix the cake up my mouth watering in anticipation. Once mixed I poured it into my 9" x 13" pan and put it in the oven. I then went about my chores around the house. About 15 minutes later I went to check on my cake and much to my horror I saw the cake batter leaking out my stove door! I screamed, turned off the oven, and grabbed the phone all at the same time. When mother answered I hollered "It's alive!" Taken aback my mother said, "What's alive?" I said, "My cake! It's just like The Glob in that movie it's overflowing the pan and leaking out the oven! What's happening?" At that point my mother started laughing so hard she couldn't talk. When she recovered she asked, "What kind of flour did you use?" I said, "Self-rising." "Did you put the baking powder in?" I said, "Of course, that's what the recipe said to do." She started laughing all over again and said, "Yes, you do but not with self-rising flour you're supposed to use plain flour." After hanging up I looked at the mess and just got mad! I threw out the ruined batter and cleaned up the mess and started all over again I was determined to have a slice of that cake! I finally did get a piece but, you know, then and even now it never has tasted as good as Mama's.

Here's her recipe:

2 c. plain flour, 2 c. sugar, 6 Tbsp. cocoa, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 c. buttermilk, 2 eggs, slightly beaten, 2 sticks oleo, 1 c. water
Mix dry ingredients. Add buttermilk and eggs. melt oleo in water and mix. Mixture will be thin!! Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes in oblong pan.

Frosting:
1 box powdered sugar, 1 stick oleo, 6 Tbsp. cocoa, 1 c. miniature marshmallows, Pet milk

Mix all ingredients except marshmallows and milk and heat over low heat adding milk a little at a time until creamy. Add marshmallows and pour over cake while hot.