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Cadbury's (Drinking Chocolate) Chocolate Cake

One of Jerry's favorite cakes: This is my version of the classic German Chocolate Cake.

1/3 cup Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water with 2 tablespoons of butter

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter (in addition to the above 2 tablespoons)

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs, separated

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup buttermilk ( I often sub with 1 cup whole milk that I add 2 teaspoons of vinegar to and let curdle)

You will need 3 9inch cake pans. Spray them generously with vegetable spray and then line with parchment paper. Spray the paper.

Combine dry ingredients. Beat butter and sugar and add the yokes one at a time. Stir in the chocolate mixture and the vanilla. Add the flour mix alternately with the buttermilk. Beat until all is fluffy.

Beat the egg whites until stiff. ( I have two mixers and this is a time I love having them...) Fold the egg whites into the chocolate batter.

Pour into the pans.

| Bake in a preheated 350 oven( or in an Aga in the baking oven on the rack and the floor of the baking oven) for 25-30 minutes or until a knife point comes out clean.

Cool on racks about 20 minutes. Flip onto plates and remove parchment paper.