Mahogany Cake


Original recipe from my grandmother Sallie Ayers Kelly. It is a depression-era or before recipe. One of the simplest cake recipes I have tried. Cool cake before frosting.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
20 servings


  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 2 ½ tablespoons butter, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x12-inch baking pan.

  2. Stir buttermilk and baking soda together in a bowl until dissolved and foaming.

  3. Beat sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat the first egg into butter mixture until completely blended; beat in the second egg until incorporated.

  4. Whisk flour and cocoa powder together in a bowl. Beat flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk mixture, into creamed butter mixture using an electric mixer until batter is smooth. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool cake for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

177 Calories
2g Fat
36g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 177
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 75mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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