Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cajun Cookbook Giveaway + Grandma's Chocolate Cake

In celebration of my 200th post, I am giving away a fabulous Cajun cookbook! "Talk About Good III",  compiled by The Junior League of Lafayette, is filled with authentic, mouth-watering Cajun recipes, and it is a treasure to add to your collection. For a chance to win, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on any post on Cajun Delights, between now and New Year's Day.. And to double your chances of winning, just scroll down a little in my sidebar and sign my guest book! Link is right beneath "What's Cooking", under "Lagniappe'" . Winner will be announced shortly after New Years.


To show my appreciation for my wonderful bloggie friends, I am giving ya'll a special recipe for an old fashioned chocolate cake that was handed down to me from my dear grandmother. I guarantee that this will be the BEST chocolate cake that you've ever had! Decadent, moist and delicious! Cest bon, cher!

Grandma's Chocolate Cake
2 cups flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp.'s baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup butter at room temperature
1 2/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cake pans with butter and dust with flour.
Mix the 2 cups flour, the cocoa, baking soda, powder, and salt until well blended.
Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, in large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy.
Gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with milk, until blended.
Pour into prepared pans and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans, and cool completely, before frosting.


1 box (16 0z.'s) confectioners sugar
1 stick butter or margarine (softened)
4 heaping teaspoons cocoa
1/3 cup hot coffee

Mix sugar, butter, and cocoa in medium bowl. Beat till smooth. Slowly add coffee, adding a little at a time, until desired consistency. Divine!

 Happy Holidays and Joyeaux Noel!
Merry Christmas Ya'll! Let the good times roll, cher!


Joanne said...

That chocolate cake looks delish! We're making one too, this afternoon actually. Can't wait for dessert at Christmas :)

Have a wonderful Christmas, Marguerite, and best wishes for an amazing New Year.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Looks absolutely sinful!!!! Wow!!! My mouth is watering...must copy this one into my recipe files!!!! Merry Christmas,dearest Marguerite!!! Sending you much love! Janine XO

Kat said...

Gosh that looks so good it is making my mouth water! Very pretty decorating!
Hope you have the best Christmas ever! Glad to have found your blog. I love it.

Carol Murdock said...

Oh Marguerite that cake is GORGEOUS!! Have a Merry Christmas Sweetie!! xoxo

Becky K in OK said...

Oh my, that cake looks so sinful. I'd love to have that cookbook.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

love the cake, and special from grandma, even better

I bought the first volume of the cookbook years ago on one of my first visits to New Orleans... Volune 2 would look very symetrical on my shelf

Sugar Creek Beads said...

What a great looking cake, quite sinful as chocolate goes. Yummy, glad to have that recipe. Have a wonderful Christmas and terrific New Year. Count me in for the cookbook! Jeanne

Laura Martone said...

Mmm... chocolate cake. Man, dieting during the holidays is tough! So, why do it, you might ask? What a great question! Roast beef po-boy here I come!

Merry Christmas, Marguerite! Whatcha got cookin' for the big day?

Carolyn said...

Wow, I am a huge fan of Cajun... the spicy, the savory, the sweet. You name it! :)

Lea Ann said...

I would LOVE to win this cookbook. I'm giving away a Denver Junior League Cookbook in honor of my 100th post. You'll have to go take a look. I should have the post up sometime this afternoon.

Cathy said...

Love the pic of the house at the top of your blog! Joyeaux Noel Marguerite!

Jo said...

Omigosh, Marguerite, that looks wonderful. Guess what I'll be making on the weekend. :-)

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Merry Christmas...!


John said...

Have a great cajun Christmas, and an equally good and festive New Year.

Laura said...

What a wonderful recipe to have-
I can't wait to try it.
I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

Merry Christmas,


California Girl said...

that cake looks wonderful. I am going to start skipping all the recipes everyone is posting...I'm getting fat just reading them!

Happy New Year dear Marguerite.

ellen abbott said...

I need a new cookbook. Maybe it will entice me back into the kitchen.

T. said...

I'm always on the lookout for a new chocolate cake recipe....this looks simply divine!

Marguerite said...

Joanne- Thanks! I wonder if our chocolate cakes are similar? Merci beaucoup for the good wishes and the same to you, cher!

Janine- Merci, it is absolutely sinful, cher! This cake is one for the recipe file, for sure! Hope your Christmas was merry, too! Cheers!

Kat- Why thank you, mon cher! My Christmas was wonderful! I love your blog, too! Merci for coming by! Cheers!

Carol- Thanks so much for the sweet compliment and good wishes, mon amis! Hope yours was a happy one, too, and merci for signing my guestbook!

Becky- Hi and welcome! I'm so glad that you came by because I've been wanting to thank you for adding me to your reading list. I tried to go to your blog, then, but saw that it was an "invitation only" site. Merci beaucoup for visiting and for your nice comment. Happy Holidays!

Dave- Thanks, cher, glad you like it! This cake is divine! I love all three volumes, but this one is my fave. Good luck!

lmb122 said...

Thanks for all the great recipes! Love your blog, fingers crossed I win that cookbook. Happy New Years!

Marguerite said...

Jeanne- Thanks so much for the nice compliments! Glad you like it and yes it is very sinful! You're welcome, enjoy!

Laura- Thanks, and you are so right! It is the one time of year that I don't even try to diet! Have fun in The Keys and see my current post for my Christmas dinner. Cheers!

Carolyn- Bonjour and welcome to Cajun Country! Cajun food is the best, so I'll have to agree with you there. Thanks so much for visiting! Happy New Year!

Lea Ann- Thanks and I would love to win yours! I love Junior League cookbooks because they are packed with great recipes! Merci beaucoup for coming by!

Cathy- Thanks for the sweet comment and good wishes. Hope you had a Joyeaux Noel, too! Happy New Year!

Jo- Great to see you! Merci for your nice comment and I'm so happy that you like it! Enjoy! We had a wonderful Christmas and I hope that you did, too. Cheers!

Theresa N. said...

That cake looks wonderful!
Theresa N