Friday, March 8, 2013

A Cozy Dessert - Chocolate Eraser Cake

By Nancy Jill Thames

Few recipes in my husband's favorites repertoire have survived as long as this one. Ever since I made it the first time and it turned out with the texture of a gum eraser has one been so humorously remembered. It rivals the infamous Salmon Loaf made with cottage cheese in honor of Dairy Week, and the cheesecake I accidentally dumped on the floor while trying to pop it out of the pan. He took me to McDonald's for dinner after tasting the awful loaf, and on the other occasion, scooped up the pile of crumpled cheesecake and ate almost the whole thing, saying it was the best he'd ever had! Yes, he's one in a million.

Many of you may have made this recipe since it's been around for years. But in case you haven't had the pleasure, I thought I'd share it with you. If there are basic ingredients like cocoa, flour and sugar on hand, you may choose to make it today. If you do and your family are chocolate lovers, they will sing your praises. For an 8 X 8 inch square pan, use half a recipe. If you like pecans, add a cup to the delicious frosting. I hope this Chocolate Eraser Cake brightens your weekend. I plan to cut myself a square and enjoy it while reading another cozy mystery.

Chocolate Eraser Cake
By Nancy Jill Thames

2 Cups flour
2 Cups sugar
1 t. soda
1 t. cinnamon
2 sticks butter
4 T. cocoa
1 Cup water
1/2 Cup buttermilk (or add 1/2 t. vinegar to a 1/2 Cup of milk)
2 eggs
1 T. vanilla

Sift dry ingredients together. In a glass bowl or measuring cup, microwave butter, cocoa and water. Pour over dry ingredients. Add buttermilk (or sour milk), eggs and vanilla. Beat well and pour into greased 9 X 12 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Microwave 1 stick butter, 4 T. cocoa, and 1/4 cup milk in glass bowl or measuring cup. Pour over 1 box (16 oz.) powdered sugar in bowl and beat well. Add 1 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts if desired. Spread on cake while still hot.

See you in my books!
 ~Nancy Jill 
Mystery novelist Nancy Jill Thames began publishing Christian fiction in 2010. The author of six books in the Jillian Bradley series, she is an award winning blogger and is listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller’s List, this in addition to winning first place for her Chocolate Cream Pie.

When she isn’t plotting her next book, she spends time with her six grandchildren in two states, tags along with her husband on business trips, and plays classical piano for her own personal enjoyment. She is an active member of the Leander Writers Guild and supports the Central Texas SPCA with a portion of her book sales.

Nancy Jill is busy working on book 7 "The Ruby of Siam" a mystery taking place in London, England. To learn more about the author and check out her books, please visit her blog at  

To view and purchase her books on this site, please visit the Cozy Book Store.


  1. Looks delicious - wish I had one right now.
    Debbie Malone

  2. This cake sounds fabulous. I'm headed to my pantry to see if I have all of the ingredients...

    1. Hope yours doesn't turn out with the texture of an eraser, Cindi!

      ~Nancy Jill