Oct 8, 2012

Vintage Monday - Chocolate Walnut Sheet Cake

Chocolate Walnut Sheet Cake

This blog is called Vintage Kitchen for the obvious reason: I love vintage cookbooks and recipes. Those written on cards drive me nuts, in a good way, especially when they have a side note.

Or cookbooks printed decades ago that have incredible recipes, some that are still as valid and good today as they were at that time. I like thinking what it would've been to come up with them, since gadgets and shortcuts were usually not available. Not to mention most of the ingredients we take for granted today. Sometimes not even electricity was common. Yet people managed to eat wonderful things. And relying on their own imagination. No blogs, no magazines, no nothing.

Since I started blogging, a bit over 7 months ago, I joined a bunch of groups. Some I cook with, some I bake with, others are about a theme or an ingredient, and so on. I needed to organize myself and make a file to list the recipes and deadlines. You see, I'm not a list person. I don't do lists and when I do, I don't remember to follow them. 
But that debate apart, I realized I had very little space to do my own thing every week. 
And since I have absolutely no intention to stop being part of any of my darling groups and its members, I decided to use Mondays as my day to share with you. To share what? A bit of everything. Whatever funny things I find surfing the web that make me laugh so hard it makes me feel self conscious even though I'm alone in the room.  Or simply interesting, unrelated to anything stuff. 

There is so much information available nowadays, it's impossible to really use it. And you have to find it first. So all those jokes, photographs, comments, blogs, ideas or whatever I find and want to share will probably find their way here.

And of course I will add a vintage recipe. I don't quite have a time bracket for what constitutes such a recipe. Depends on your age I guess. But let's just say they will all be at least 25 years old. Is that vintage really? For me it's the time I started actively collecting recipes.  
And I think Mondays are the perfect day to read about something funny or interesting. Or just see a picture of comfort food. People tend to feel gloomy or cranky on Mondays. I will try to add a bit of spice to the beginning of the week.
Just my little way of thanking everyone who takes the time to come to this blog. At the end of the day, it's the main reason I'm so happy with it.

A few things for this week:
  1.  This Thursday (11th) is National Dulce de Leche Day. So I'm celebrating with this pound cake and some homemade ice cream too. If you never tasted it, I think it's about time you do. Seriously. Check this post for inspiration.
  2.  Are you on board the chocolate coconut train? Try these bars, it doesn't get much better.
  3.  Just the thing to make you laugh out loud: funny GIF's.
  4. Hopefully this week, I will make this honey chicken and this unbelievable ice cream flavor.
  5.  From one of my favorite food blogs sporting vintage recipes, here´s a modern way of separating eggs. Life might never be the same again.


Note: this cake is glued on a sheet in a binder I started when I was 12. It's a torn recipe from a 
magazine when I lived in the US, so around 1982. The top layer remains gooey and rather soft, 
so I prefer to serve the cake directly from the pan.

Makes 12 servings

1 ¼ cups butter
½ cup + 2 Tbs cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups unsifted flour
1 ½ cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 14oz can condensed milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 13x18-inch pan and line bottom with foil if desired.
In a small saucepan melt butter. Add cocoa and water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl mix flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center 
and add cocoa mixture, 1/3 can of condensed milk, eggs and vanilla. Mix until the batter is smooth.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, until cake springs back.
In a small saucepan (I use the same one) melt remaining ¼ cup butter. Remove from heat and add 
2 Tbs cocoa, and rest of condensed milk. Mix well. Add powdered sugar and walnuts.
Spread over warm chocolate cake. Let cool completely.


  1. Gorgeous cake!
    And seems like you have many great things lined up, hope to see them soon on your blog! :)

  2. OMG – simply gorgeous. Your styling is exquisite…!

  3. You're on a roll, Paula! Absolutely loving the gooey chocolate cake filled with nuts! Simply delicious.

  4. Paula, this looks amazing. I will be trying it, but with pecans, sometime soon.

  5. Paula, love this! Now, will you eat this cake? :P

  6. That looks so moist, Fudgy and delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Excellent cake that everybody would love.

  8. Robin and I love vintage cookbooks as well. Sadly, we don't have a big collection. We'll have to get more to find delicious recipes like this!

  9. Oh my goodness that almost looks like a brownie it is so rich!

  10. I'm reading this on tuesday and all that chocolateness looks a good as it did on vintage monday :-)

  11. I'm so glad I found your blog! I love gooey, fudgy brownies. They remind me of ones I used to help my dad make as a kid. I also love old cookbooks--in fact my dad just gave me a bunch of his and I love reading the titles of recipes and the instructions to see how they differ. Have you ever read any old cake decorating magazines or books? I have a bunch and the designs are simultaneously awesome in their intricacy as well as their gaudiness. It's impressive!

    1. I agree about the old cookbooks! I get my hands on them as much as I can. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Love love love the look of that crackly crunchy topping. Yum!

  13. OMG…this looks incredible, Paula!!! I'm so happy to hear we will be able to be given some of your vintage recipes. I can't wait!

  14. I love this! My mom collects cookbooks and has amassed quites the library. she has some awesome vintage ones with pages falling out. I should revisit them for inspiration!

  15. This cake looks so moist! The crackly top reminds me of a brownie. I need a piece of this STAT. :)

  16. Paula, "Vintage Mondays" sounds like a wonderful idea to me - I am making a mental note to not forget to check for your Monday posts in particular! Having said that, your "Vintage" cake recipe looks like pure sweet comfort food, delicious!


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