Church Supper Cocoa Cake is indeed a church recipe from back in the day. My mother, Norma Jean, used to make this for special occasions during my childhood. The Five Minute Chocolate Frosting is the icing on the cake - literally! So good!
mini chocolate chips- for sprinkling on top (optional)
For the cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two round pans (I use disposable pans) with baking spray. If you are making the star for the top, take 1/2 cup of batter and add to small baking dish.
In a large bowl, using a hand held mixer, cream butter and sugar together until creamy. Add vanilla buttermilk, and eggs - and mix well.
Combine remaining dry ingredients together - the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
Add dry ingredients to mixer and mix until just combined. Add hot water and mix again.
Pour cake batter into pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into middle of cake. If baking the small dish for a star, this will take less time.
Remove cakes to cooling racks.
For the frosting:
Using a hand held mixer, cream the butter for one minute. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. You may need to add more cream if frosting is too thick, or more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin.
Spread frosting on first layer of cake. Gently add second layer, and frost. Top with star (this step is optional) and frost. sprinkle cake with mini chocolate chips, if desired.