Trisha Yearwood Rediscovers an Old Family Favorite: Lizzie’s Old Fashioned Cocoa Cake With Carmel Icing

After searching for it for years, Trisha Yearwood rediscovered an old family favorite recipe, Lizzie’s Old Fashioned Cocoa Cake with Carmel Icing. This delicious and decadent dessert is personal to the singer and songwriter. Yearwood rediscovered both the ingredient list and method. The result is a profoundly fudgy cake with sweet buttery icing.

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Trisha Yearwood regularly uses family favorites in her rotation of recipes

Yearwood believes that food can tell a family’s story.

Her father, Jack, loved to cook and bake bread. Her mom, Gwen, made delicious wedding and birthday cakes. Their extended family on both sides hosted a plethora of great cooks, and it is from all these people that the Food Network star’s culinary journey was born.

In an interview with Salon, Yearwood credits her family with her love of cooking.

“My reality was growing up in a family — not a big family, I just had one sister, Beth — but my grandparents and aunts and uncles, everybody cooked. There’s a family reunion every week in the South, and there’s something at church every Sunday night. So, there were a lot of occasions to get together, and somebody would bring a dish. That was just always what happened,” she explained.

Yearwood rediscovers her grandmother’s lost cake recipe

On an episode of her Food Network series Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, Yearwood and her sister Beth baked this delicious dessert.

Its ingredients include flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and butter.

Also needed are sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

The dry ingredients are mixed together. The wet is then incorporated.

Pour the batter into two cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

As for the delectable icing, Yearwood uses a combination of sugar, milk, butter, vanilla, and baking soda.

The sugar is cooked until it turns a golden brown. The mixture is subsequently whipped with butter, vanilla, and baking soda.

Trisha Yearwood called this dessert ‘her favorite’

Trisha Yearwood sit on a sofa during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
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Yearwood told Salon this particular dessert was her favorite.

“It’s a cooked caramel frosting which is very reliant on humidity and what’s happening outside. Also at play is the temperature outside, how much you beat it in the mixer to whether it’s going to pour on the cake or not be able to go on the cake at all,” Yearwood explained.

“The icing is very iffy for me every time I make it. It’s always good, but I would love for it to be pretty. So, I would like to master the caramel icing, and I’d like to master decorating those decorated cakes. My cakes taste good, but I don’t think they’re bake-sale-worthy,” the Food Network star laughed.

The complete recipe for Lizzie’s Old Fashioned Cocoa Cake with Carmel Frosting can be found on the Food Network website.

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen airs Saturdays at noon on the Food Network.

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