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Old Fashioned Chocolate Desserts To Make Tonight – Don’t Eat This That

Old Fashioned Chocolate Desserts To Make Tonight - Don't Eat This That

The benefits of old school cooking are many. First, many of these old-fashioned chocolate desserts are very easy to make. Second, they are usually cost effective because, as you will see, quite a few were developed during shortages due to war or the Great Depression. Third, they are tried delicious. Translation: Everyone will love them.

Scroll through this list of some of the most beloved old-fashioned chocolate desserts and make one tonight!

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Surprise, this gorgeous cake topped with coconut shavings, pecan filling, and heaps of sweet chocolate icing isn’t German at all. It was first made by a baker in Texas, according to culinary knowledge, and it contained a type of chocolate developed by Samuel German. Mrs. George Clay’s recipe for “German’s Chocolate Cake” was in the Dallas Morning Star† The “‘s” have been omitted in later years. You slice it though, if you like a sweet chocolate cake and coconut then this is for you.

Try this amazing German chocolate cake recipe from Lil’ Luna

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Often confused with German chocolate cake, Black Forest Cake actually comes from Germany. And this cake is really old fashioned, like late 16th century old fashioned. This cake has multiple layers of chocolate biscuit, whipped cream and cherries that are said to represent the traditional outfits worn by dancers in the Black Forest. Also, the cake is traditionally topped with Kirschwasser, or cherry brandy, so omit that if you want a non-alcoholic cake.

Try this decadent Black Forest Cake recipe from Flour on my face

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This layered chocolate cake with apricot jam or cherries coated with chocolate ganache was the founding of Austrian chef Franz Sacher in 1832† Interestingly, there are only a few places in the world where you can experience a real Sachertorte. The recipe is protected by a trademark and the cake is stamped in chocolate with it. You could of course make a version, but it wouldn’t be an authentic Sachertorte.

Try this recipe for the Original Sacher Torte

Texas Sheet Cake recipeTexas Sheet Cake recipe
Thanks to Bigger Bolder Baking

Traditional Texas Sheet Cake is a thin, chocolate cake made with buttermilk and unsweetened cocoa baked in a baking pan. The fudgy frosting is poured over the still-warm cake, then sprinkled with chopped pecans, says Simple Recipes† You can of course add your own twist and toppings. One thing is for sure, this cake is a crowd pleaser.

Try this Texas Sheet Cake recipe from Greater Bollard Baking.

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Yes, despite being red, this cake is actually chocolate. Flour was much coarser in the 1800s and then? Sour cocoa is used in this recipe, the cocoa would break down the flour, making the cake velvety. The cocoa would also react with the other ingredients causing the cake to turn red, although today food coloring is often used to achieve a more vibrant red. Cream cheese frosting has become the defacto icing for a great red velvet cake.

Try this Red Velvet Cake recipe from Stylish cooking

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The origin of this cakey sandwich cookie creation with vanilla icing in the center is debated, but most sources credit the Amish in Pennsylvania† These sandwiches started out as leftover cake batter tossed into rounds that were then baked and filled with frosting. The first commercially produced whoopie pies were sold in Maine.

Try these Chocolate Biscoff Whoopie Pies from give me some oven

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Sources attribute the rise of the use of mayonnaise in chocolate cake to the Great Depression or during World War II when eggs and dairy were scarce. After all, mayo is just an emulsion of eggs and oil — common ingredients in cake. According to epicthe first mention in print is in 1927 in the Oakland Grandstand† Taste tests have since proven that the beloved spice does indeed make a delicious and moist chocolate cake, so keep this hack on the table.

Try this Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake from Spending with Pennies.

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Thanks to Lil’ Luna

Mississippi Mud Cake and Mississippi Mud Pie are two different, although both are beloved desserts. The cake version has a chocolate cake topped with marshmallows which are then drenched in chocolate icing.

Try this Mississippi Mud Cake from Lil’ Luna

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Thanks to Lil’ Luna

Named for the dark mud Found on the banks of the Mississippi River, this dessert, as its name implies, is not fancy. This layered dessert is thrown together in a cookie crust and can contain cake, cookies, pudding, ice cream and marshmallows and is topped with chocolate curls, more whipped cream and nuts.

Try this Mississippi Mud Pie from Lil’ Luna.

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Thanks to Low Carb Maven

Here’s another dessert that pays tribute to the mighty Mississippi. Tradition has it that the fudgy layer resting on Graham’s cracker crust was thought to resemble the mud at the bottom of the river. Today there are so many different ways to make this delicious dessert. After all, what chocolate lover doesn’t love a layer of fudge under just about anything?

Try this Low Carb Keto Black Bottom Pie from Low Carb Maven

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It’s no surprise that the buckeye candy originated in OhioBuckeye State. Apparently, these little peanut butter balls, partially covered in chocolate, resemble buckeye nuts from Ohio’s state tree.

Try this easy Buckeyes recipe from Spending with cents

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The origin of fudge, as with almost all previous desserts, remains murky. In 1921, a Vassar College student was the first to write officially about the treat that came out of Baltimore in 1886. This was the first known documentation of American-style fudge. The chocolate confection caused a frenzy on campus and has long been a favorite for coastal vacations. Now, of course, it comes in all kinds of flavors and varieties.

Try this quick and easy chocolate fudge from Life, love and sugar

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Thanks to Bigger Bolder Baking

Almost everyone is familiar with fruit cobblers. Whether made from summer peaches or fall apples, fruit simply tastes better with a crunchy, butter-speckled crust. But have you ever heard of a chocolate cobbler? Southern living says this dessert from the pantry is going to be two desserts in one with layers of cake and layers of gooey fudge all over, and it’s ridiculously easy to make.

Try this Ultimate Chocolate Cobbler from Bigger Bollard Baking

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This chocolate cake is made without eggs, milk or butter—ingredients that were hard to come by during the Great Depression. It’s still delicious and decadent, so give it a try!

Try this awesome Depression Cake recipe from A cookie called Desire

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Coca cola makes sense in a cake, it adds sweetness and the carbonation adds a little lift to the cake. The origin of the coca-cola cake is unclear, but a recipe was first published in the Charleston Gazette in 1952, says: What cooks America† The cake became popular again in the 90s when Cracker Barrel added one to the menu. The Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake became a permanent offering in 2009. So if you don’t want to make one, head over to Cracker Barrel and pick one up.

Try this amazing recipe from Avery Cooks.

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This cake of creamy chocolate mousse and a cloud of whipped cream is not French. One American baker named Betty Cooper made it to the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1951 and won. The name refers to the silky texture of the cake’s luscious mousse and it 100% deserves a place in your dessert rotation.

Try this recipe for Deep Dish French Silk Pie with Hazelnut Oreo Cookie Crust from Ambitious cuisine

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