Grandma's Stevens Point Cake


An alternate name for this recipe would be "Jackson Pollock Cake." But, as it is, this recipe is sourced directly from Greg's grandmother. Stevens Point, WI lies directly in the middle of the state. While finding that Wikipedia entry, I found out that Joel Hodgson, writer/actor/creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000, was born there! Perhaps I will call this "Joel Hodgson Cake" when I'm feeling particularly nerdy.

Anyway. I got off track. While we're not entirely sure where Greg's grandma got this cake recipe, surely it must be from one of the following:
A) When she visited Stevens Point, or
B) She had a friend or relative living in Stevens Point who made this cake for her, she loved it, and then got the recipe.

This is all to say that many great things came out of Stevens Point: UW-Stevens Point, the world's largest trivia contest, Joel Hodgson, Kathy Kinney (from the Drew Carey show), Joe Pavelski (Woo! Go Badgers!), and this cake recipe.

Stevens Point Cake (from Greg's grandmother via Greg's lovely mother, Peg)
-2 oz. bitter choc.
-2 tsp. bak. soda
-1 cup very hot water
-1/2 cup shortening
-2 eggs beaten
-2 cups brown sugar
-1/2 cup sour milk  Add 1 TBSP. of lemon juice or vinegar to the milk
-1 tsp. vanilla
-2 cups flour

1. Chop the unsweetened chocolate and put it in a small bowl. Add baking soda and very hot water, mixing together. It will foam up a bit. Let it cool.
2. Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs, beat till creamy.  Add vanilla. 

3. Sift flour and add alternately with sour milk. 

4. Beat in the chocolate mix. 

5. Bake in 9 X13" greased pan for 30-40 min. @ 350.  Test with toothpick inserted in center (it will come out clean).
Boiled Icing
-2 egg whites 
-1 cup sugar
-1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
-1/3 cup water
-2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

1. Beat two egg whites until stiff, and set aside.

2. Boil sugar, cream of tartar, and water in small covered sauce pan for 3 min. Then uncover and boil without stirring until small amount strings from spoon.  Test this step constantly (**NOTE: This could mean when you take the spoon far enough out into the air that the sugar makes a string (like spun sugar). At least, this is what worked for Greg and I. The first time, I didn't notice any strings, and the mixture burned very, very quickly. You must be vigilant, or you will be doing it all over again.**).

3. Beating all the while, pour slowly into beaten egg whites.  Beat until it is glossy and tastes like marshmallow goo.  Add 1/2 tsp. vanilla. 

4. Pour the frosting onto the cake and spread evenly. Don't worry if you get little drag marks--the frosting is magic and will even itself out.

5. Melt two ounces of unsweetened chocolate in a small saucepan. Drizzle some (not all) of the chocolate onto the frosting. Using a rubber spatula, drag little curves and lines through the drizzled chocolate to create your masterpiece.

6. Wait until frosting and chocolate hardens somewhat (maybe two hours) until cutting.


Debbie B. said...

Yumm! Looks great!

Belinda @zomppa said...

What a great cake! Pour me a glass of milk.

Amy said...

Lovely cake! I had to check this out when I saw "Steven's Point" in the name!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Holy cow that cake looks GOOD!! I've never tried to make a boiled frosting. I need to change that :) Good tip on the sugar string and pulling the spoon out of the pan far enough. Thanks for this yummy looking cake post!

Sprinkled with Flour said...

Yum! Great looking chocolate cake, and the icing is pretty too:)

Damaris said...

I love hoe pretty it looks. I'm the worst at making pretty looking cakes.

Shannon said...

wherever it came from, it looks great!

Anna said...

Beautiful cake, must be very delicious, it looks yummy.

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

I have never seen a cake with 7 points, just 4 ;-). It really looks good and love the artsy icing indeed. Hope to have you vote on PFB!

stephchows said...

ooo this looks so good! And I totally think you should make the bagels! I did a half batch by hand and I got 8 huge bagels, it was totally easy to do by hand!

Margie said...

Your frosting is a work of art! And the cake looks delish too. From an Illinois girl living in Wisconsin!

Mary said...

This sounds fabulous--easy and delicious. I love the idea of swirling unsweetened chocolate in the boiled icing. It's beautiful!

Foodiva said...

Heather, I would die for chocolate and this cake of yours make me faint with happiness! I've never made boiled icing, but I'm definitely going to try after this, yours just look so good! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comments, btw.

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