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Chocolate Cake by Ruth Denison (VRP 001)

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Chocolate Cake by Ruth Denison

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Chocolate Cake by Ruth Denison Recipe Card Details

This recipe is typed on a standard-sized unruled index card and has a notation in the upper right-hand corner that the recipe is from Ruth Denison.

I did find a Ruth Denison in Ohio but not in Morrow County, Ohio so not sure if the same one.

I will keep searching and come back to update this post once I find more about her.

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Chocolate Cake by Ruth Denison

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Chocolate Cake by Ruth Denison Recipe

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Chocolate Cake by Ruth Denison

Chocolate Cake II (VRP 001)

Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 squares chocolate
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 7/8 cup flour


  1. Bake in sheet pan for 25 minutes in a moderate oven

Chocolate Cake by Ruth Denison


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