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This recipe if one of the earliest printed recipes for chocolate cake in America. It comes from the cookbook “The Hostess”


In America, chocolate was consumed primarily as a beverage until the 1830’s or 40’s. Cakes, as we think of them today, mostly did not exist then. According to the Dover Post, chocolate cake was born in 1765 when a doctor and a chocolate maker teamed up in an old mill. They ground up cocoa beans between huge millstones to make thick syrup. The liquid was poured into molds shaped like cakes, which were meant to be transformed into a beverage. Years later, a special dessert was created for a prince in the 1800's by an Austrian chef. He used two layers of chocolate dough with jam spread in the middle. Chocolate frosting was then poured over the dessert. Hence the birth of the chocolate cake!!

The first boxed cake mix was created by a company called O. Duff and Sons in the late 1920’s.
The first “just add water” Betty Crocker cake mixes were released in 1947.

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Mills & Petrie Memorial Library Mon. - Thurs. 1PM-6:30PM
704 N. First Street Sat. 10AM-1PM
Ashton, IL. 61006 Fri. & Sun. CLOSED

Pankhurst Memorial Library Mon. & Wed. 1PM-7PM
3 South Jefferson Avenue Tues & Thurs 9AM-3PM
Amboy, IL. 61310 Fri. & Sat. 9AM-1PM
815-857-3925 Sun. CLOSED
Amboy Pharmacy Mon. – Fri. 9AM-5PM
202 East Main Street Sat. 10AM-3PM
Amboy, IL. 61310 Sun. CLOSED

Dixon Public Library Mon. -Thurs. 9AM-8PM
221 South Hennepin Avenue Fri. 9AM-5PM
Dixon, IL. 61021 Sat. 10AM-3PM
815-284-7261 Sun. CLOSED
Lee County Senior Citizens Center Mon. - Fri. 8AM-4PM
100 West Second Street Sat. & Sun. CLOSED
Dixon, IL. 61021 Major Holidays CLOSED
815-288-9236 or 815-288-0892

Franklin Grove Library Mon.-Thurs. 10AM-7PM
112 South Elm Street Fri. 10AM-5PM
Franklin Grove, IL. 61031 Sat. 10AM-2PM
815-456-2823 Sun. CLOSED

Paw Paw Public Library Tues. Wed. Fri. 10AM-6PM
362 Chicago Road Thurs. 10AM-7PM
Paw Paw, IL. 61353 Sat. 9AM-12 Noon
815-627-9396 Sun. & Mon. CLOSED


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