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ISO chocolate cake recipe

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This was a moist, two layer chocolate cake that they served at the school cafeterias where I grew up.

Yeah, I know, not exactly haute cuisine, but still.

It had a fudge-like frosting and a white cream (not pudding-ey) filling.

They called it "Boston cream pie" on the menu but clearly it was nothing like a Boston cream pie, which is yellow pound cake with a custard or pudding-like filling and dribbled glaze rather than a frosting.

My guess is, given that it was a school cafeteria after all, that the white cream filling was most likely Crisco based. It was very dense.

The chocolate cake was not like regular cake it was denser? But not heavy. Fine crumb? Not as crumbly as a regular chocolate cake.

Anybody have any ideas for a recipe?

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      1. re: Antilope

        Thanks, but I was in and out of school a LOT before 1988 (apparently the date of that collection of school recipes)

        I actually had the recipe for this at one time but lost it long ago. The school had a cook who had all her own recipes and kept them in a binder. She copied that recipe for me and I never got around to trying it - for one thing it was to serve like 200 . . . .

      2. I have no ideas for the frosting, but the cake sounds a little like a chocolate cake i make frequently- it's a vegan recipe (though i'm not vegan) using oil, vinegar in place of butter or eggs. Very moist, dense, not crumby- i love it.
        here's the recipe: http://www.designspongeonline.com/200...

        good luck. report back!

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        1. re: balabanian

          THanks, I'll look at it. It's a silly thing, I know, but I used to love that cake. I'm sure it was very very bad for me. I don't have much of a sweet tooth and rarely indulge it even when I notice it, but for some reason I've been thinking of that cake . . .