This recipe was submitted by Jan Garside in a recipe book that my mother-in-law also contributed to in 1968 through the First Parish of Westwood United Church in Westwood, MA where Rick grew up and we met. The Chocolate Pound Cake has been a tradition for family member birthdays for well over 50 years now and continues to be a Lothrop tradition. Hope you will try it and enjoy it as much as we do. No frosting necessary. It makes a flakey top crust that everyone fights over. Our grandson got caught eating all the crust once. Enjoy!
Chocolate Pound Cake~ AKA Lothrop Birthday Cake
1 ½ c shortening 3 c sugar 1 tsp salt (usually omit or no more than ½) 3 c flour 1 c milk 5 or 6 eggs 4 tbs cocoa 2 tbs vanilla or 1 tbs van & 1 tbs almond extract (this combo is the best)
Preheat oven to 325. Beat eggs till fluffy. Add, sugar and shortening. Turn mixer to slow and slowly add flour, cocoa, salt (if you use it) and milk gradually. Add vanilla/almond beat til well blended. Pour/spoon into greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 325 for 90 min. Note: I usually mix all the dry ingredients together and add along with the milk gradually. i.e. flour, cocoa, salt