Well . . . here I am again posting this recipe for the second time.  I’ve learned some big lessons over the weekend.  Some of you may have seen this post a couple of days ago, but then is disappeared.  Here’s a run down of happenings . . . and deleted happenings!

  • Out of Blogger picture space . . . uggg  What to do, What to do?
  • Make a change for the better.  Dig right in.
  • It’s not exactly an easy process to switch to another Blog Platform.  It takes some learning first.
  • WordPress. Com and WordPress.Org are NOT the same thing.
  • If you would like to know the difference, CONTACT ME.
  • I am using WordPress.Org.
  • You must find a host – Bluehost is a wonderful host . . . they saved me from Total Blog deletion . . . no kidding here!
  • Once you register your own Domain name, you must install software . . . or it’s empty.
  • Find the right Software you need to use.
  • Still not done . . . install your Template.
  • Try to find your way around your new home.
  • Import Blog from Blogger to new home. Yikes.
  • Frustration, Patience Jonna.
  • You are not to OLD to learn new things.
  • Yes you are . . . NO you are not!
  • Up and running, and feeling a little cocky here.
  • Move your other Blog – “Chocolate” to a new domain.
  • New Domain name though – “Get Off Your Butt and WRITE.
  • Download software – new template.  Back to Bluehost to confirm.
  • Accidentally hit wrong button, and DELETE entire:  Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! website.
  • Yes I did.
  • Blood drains from entire body, sick, sick, sick . . . sick some more.
  • Think Jonna think.  When all else fails call Bluehost.  Explain how dumb you are.
  • Bluehost comes to my rescue . . . they didn’t even make me feel like a newbie . . . EXCELLENT TECHNICAL SUPPORT!

Still shaking but counting my blessings.  Recovered everything except for the two posts I need to post again.

Here is the recipe for GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE again. This is my go-to Chocolate Cake recipe.  It is not your typical box cake , but a homemade Chocolate Cake, and it certainly tastes it! My friend Iris gave this recipe to me many moons ago. So simple . . . you can put all the ingredients, at the very same time into your bowl, and then mix.  Really!  The frosting is absolutely delicious. In fact, I have a very hard time not eating the entire saucepan before it even hits the cake!

I use a large Cookie sheet . . . you know the professional type that you can purchase at Rush’s . . .around this area anyway. They are wonderful, because they now come with lids.  You can also use a 9×13 if you like.  Try this soon, it’s a family favorite around here.  You can also make cupcakes if you like.

see . . . doesn’t it look yummy.




3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa powder
1 cup Crisco Oil
2 eggs
1 cup Buttermilk
1 cup Hot tap water
2 teaspoons Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla
The amazing thing about this cake recipe, is that you put all the ingredients in your bowl at the same time. Using a hand mixer, blend the ingredients until well mixed. Don’t over blend, a few small lumps are fine. Before putting in your pans, grease & flour them. Once you have added the cake mixture, tap them lightly on the top of a table or cabinet, to release any air bubbles. Bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
I usually bake my cake on a large deep Cookie sheet. (Like those you can buy at Rush’s Kitchen Supply) They now come with lids!
(I always double this, recipe)
1 cup evaporated Milk (like Sego)
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups Coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
*I use pecans or sliced Almonds
Whisk your evaporated milk & egg yolks together, making sure that egg yolk is well blended in. Place the evaporated milk and egg yolk mixture,  sugar and butter in a medium size saucepan. Whisk entire mixture together until very well blended.  Cook, stirring constantly over med. heat for about 12 minutes, or until frosting has thickened. Add Coconut, Vanilla & nuts, and spread over COOLED cake.


  • ingrid - 03/08/2010 - 10:51 am

    OOooops! Sorry about the headaches.

  • Valerie M. - 03/08/2010 - 11:21 am

    Computers frustrate me so much! I’m really glad it has ended well for you and your site though!!!

    I don’t like cake much, but I love coconut and nuts and think they make cakes special and worth the splurg.ReplyCancel

  • Umme Kulsum - 03/08/2010 - 1:44 pm

    Lovely Blog Jonna! Have been following and drooling over your blog since a few days. I have to definitely try the cake, not only because it looks delicious but it sounds like no fuss at all. I sure need that.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - 03/08/2010 - 2:23 pm

    Hey good thing everything went well with recovering your info!!! I can imagine how frustrated you must have been!!!! anyways great thing everything is up and running I really love your blog, just found it last week and I am enjoying it very much!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - 03/08/2010 - 2:54 pm

    Love your blog! This cake sure looks delicious!! Sorry about all the problems youve been experiencing with your blog :(.ReplyCancel

  • Chantri Keele - 03/08/2010 - 8:07 pm

    Oh mom! The things we have learned this past weekend! I’m glad your smart and have helped me EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!! 🙂 You are TOTALLY AMAZING!!! Thank you! And I wish I was home to have a piece of cake! YUMMY!!! LOVE YOU SO MUCH!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - 03/09/2010 - 8:36 am

    I really want to make this cake. It looks divine!ReplyCancel

  • Maija-Liisa - 03/09/2010 - 12:36 pm

    Jonna, I love the new look and feel of your blog. It’s truly superb just like your baking and cooking is!ReplyCancel

  • IRIS - 03/09/2010 - 8:50 pm

    I feel famous…… mentioned my name. Thanks, I feel special. I am always making recipes that we shared from the good ole days. IrisReplyCancel

  • Judy - 05/19/2011 - 3:10 pm

    This cake sounds and looks deliouscious!!!
    You mentioned using a deep sided cookie sheet, can you tell me more..size and etc???
    Your website here is amazing, all your dishes and baked goods look so yummy! How did you get started with all this??ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 05/19/2011 - 3:20 pm

      Hi Judy,

      Use a large commercial size cookie sheet. Mine are at least 12×17 and have a 1″ thick side. You can also use 2 round cake pans, and make a layered cake as well. We love this cake and the frosting is scrumptious!

      Thanks for visiting,

  • Boerenooi - 09/19/2011 - 6:42 am


    If I don’t have evaporated milk, will normal milk do?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 09/19/2011 - 7:11 am

      Hi Boerenooi,
      NO…you really do need to use evaporated milk.
      I don’t think you will have the richness or texture that evaporated milk will give it.

  • liz - 09/20/2012 - 9:21 pm

    I made for my brother’s birthday! Huge success! Easy to make and so worth the effort to make from scratch! Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • JoolryLane - 03/19/2013 - 6:48 pm

    the soda, is baking soda right?ReplyCancel

  • Pam - 03/25/2013 - 2:00 pm

    I am planning on making your GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE RECEIPE for “EASTER”, but, instead of making a “CAKE,” would like to make “CUPCAKES.” How long should I bake “CUPCAKES” vs a “CAKE?”


    Thank you for sharing….