Let Them Eat Cake

George Jackson called it “a delicious chocolate cake.” Sarah Kaufman said, “the cake was divine.” If you came to see The Matter of Origins and enjoyed Edith’s famed cake, why not try your hand at baking it at home? Here’s the original recipe!

Edith Warner’s Chocolate Cake

For the Cake:

Melt 1 ½ oz. chocolate and 3 tablespoon butter over hot water

Pour mixture over 1 cup sugar

Add, sifted 3 times: 1 cup sifted flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons baking power (or 1 tablespoon double action baking powder)

Add ½ cup milk

Beat 2 minutes with rotary egg-beater

Add 3 unbeaten eggs

Beat 2 minutes

Pour into greased and floured pan, preferably a loaf pan

Bake in a slow oven, gradually raising heat to 300°, for 1 hour or until done

(shallow pan requires shorter period)

For the Chocolate Frosting:

Sift into bowl: 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar, 2 heaping tablespoons cocoa, pinch of salt

Melt and pour over above mixture: 2 tablespoons butter

Add hot coffee until consistency for spreading

About Emily Macel Theys

Emily (Communications and Development Director) joined the administrative team at the Dance Exchange in January 2010. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Formerly the associate editor at Dance Magazine, Emily’s dance writing has been published in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, and the Washington Post among others. She is also an avid baker.