Beef-Cabbage-Potato Stew, Southern Cornbread, and the World’s Best Chocolate Mocha Cake

by Edie Wadsworth on September 1, 2008

  This is no place for vegetarians, people from Connecticut, people on the Adkins Diet,  or in general people who have forsaken trans-fat.  The rest of you stay.  I am about to make you very happy.  This creation is inspired by my friend Ronni’s recent discovery of “chipotle-cinnamon” seasoning that her mother found at Walmart.   I’m very discouraged by trying to post recipes on this blog because I can’t figure out an easy way to do it.  If I take the time to type the recipe into “Word” ,  this program won’t let me copy and paste it directly into the post.   I’m not  a techie so I’m not sure about a URL address for it.   Any experts willing to help?  Until then,  here’s what I basically did.   It’s better to make this soup-stew-chili when you have left over roast meat of some kind.   You can do it without it though.   Saute an onion and about 1/3 of a head of caggage (chopped coarsely) in some olive oil.   When those are starting to carmelize,  add about a pound of ground beef,  salt to taste, and minced garlic (1-2T).   While this is cooking,  parboil (boil until almost tender)  about a half a bag of baby carrots (whole) and 6-7 red or yellow potatoes, skin on, chopped into quarters.  Salt the water liberally.   Then add 3 cans of stewed or diced tomatoes,  the cooked potatoes and carrots,  1 can of tomato paste,  3T garlic-herb seasoning (I get mine from Sam’s),  2-3T chipotle-cinnamon seasoning (to taste),  any left over roast meat you have,  hot sauce to taste,  and a good amount (~2T. ) of honey.  FYI-  I add honey to everything I make.   Reseason with salt and pepper.  Let simmer for a while, the longer the better…an hour or more….then enjoy!   This is an AWESOME football/autumn day dish.   Wonderful balance of flavors with all the veggies….even the kids ate their carrots without needing ranch dip!
You can’t make a good southern stew without some good southern cornbread.  You healthnuts need to skip over this section.  It’s rated X (nutritionally speaking).   This recipe was handed down from my “mamaw”  to my aunt and then to Jamie Knoxville who has coached me through it in person.   The reason you need coaching is because of the sheer amount of oil in it.   So here goes:    2 cups cornmeal-the highly processed kind–Three Rivers or something like that,  1 c. buttermilk,  and a  very large amount of oil.   When I first made this with Jamie she said, ” add a 1/2 cup then close your eyes and pour some more in.   Don’t measure it ’cause then you won’t eat it.”  Wait though,  I’m not finished with the oil.   Pour a’ good amount’ –no I’m not sure what that means either–of oil into an iron skillet and put the skillet into a 450 degree oven until the oil is scorching hot.  Then,  add the oil-laden mixture into the oil and bake until golden brown,  ~15 minutes.   Let’s face it,  this is more like a pancake or corn cake.   But it is fantastic to eat and goes great with above stew.  As you can tell from the picture,  dirty paws can’t stay out of it.
I saved the best for last,  but don’t skip the first two.   I have to say that I have fond, vivid memories of the first time I was introduced to this cake.  It’s by far the best cake I’ve ever had. I make it 3 or 4 times a year and my family is always curious who it’s being made for….translated “are we going to get any of it”.   I love making it, eating it, sharing it….I love everything about it. The recipe was originally given to me by a neighbor who has long since moved.   I can’t even remember her last name but the cake legacy lives on.   The recipe, which needs to be given precisely, is too long to post,  so anyone who wants it,  just email me with your address and I’ll mail it to you.   That’s how committed I am to this cake,  to its’ preservation and propagation!   Ya’ll enjoy!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Denise September 2, 2008 at 11:06 am


I paste into my posts all the time. Want me to come over and blog tutor you? All of Justine’s Africa posts were copy and pasted. You have any leftovers???

;) Denise


2 edie+steve September 2, 2008 at 11:41 am

When I try to copy and paste, it pastes the text below the “post” box not in it….so that I would still have to type it in, but i can look at the text below to copy it. I can’t get it to paste in the box itself. And yes, there are leftovers….maybe I’ll drop some by!!!


3 katie September 2, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Hi, Edie, this is Katie. Several of us at Healthstar would greatly appreciate the recipe for your wonderful Chocolate Mocha Cake!! We all love looking at your site to see what’s cookin! You can email it to me at THANKS SO MUCH!!!


4 katie September 2, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Or you can mail it to home address 1595 Pleasant View Drive
Talbott, Tn 37877. Whichever is easier. Thanks so much! Kate


5 The Peterson family September 2, 2008 at 7:56 pm

sounds yummy- we would love the chocolate mocha cake recipe. i am going to look for this chipotle cinnamon seasoning too!


6 edie+steve September 2, 2008 at 10:28 pm

I’ll get you girls this recipe soon!


7 Kate September 3, 2008 at 12:23 am

Lovin’ that chocolate mocha cake!
Beautiful! I’ll take the recipe!
Kate L.


8 Jenni @ nest to keep September 18, 2008 at 4:27 am

That cake looks delicious! I like making cakes even more than eating them, so I’ll have to give your recipe a try! :) And all of our kids LOVE cornbread! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and for joining in on our little cooking party! :)


9 Jenni @ nest to keep September 18, 2008 at 4:31 am

Hi, it’s me again! I missed the part where you asked for the address in order to mail the recipe! Could I email my address to you instead? :)


10 edie+steve September 18, 2008 at 11:41 am

Yes Jenni, you can email me @ and I’ll send it to you!


11 Melanie January 25, 2010 at 4:35 am

Hmmm, can you save your recipes in Word as a .pdf? Then us recipe hungry friends can print them! I would think that you could have a list of recipes linked to your .pdf versions. The only techie step would be uploading your .pdf’s to your site so we can access them.

I add a folder called “pdf,” then load all of my .pdf’s into that folder. Then when you make your recipe list, you just link the name to the uploaded .pdf.

I’m certain you can do it!!! Actually, I just really, really want you to do it! : )



12 Beverly November 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Am trying new recipes and I NEED this cake recipe.



13 Deb October 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I would love your mocha cake recipe! Thanks!


14 teresa humphrys November 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Hi, Edie,
Gotta have that Mocha Cake recipe!
Just love this 31 days series. Awesome! You are just too much!
The girls and I send our hugs and hellos! (We were honored to meet you at the Pearls and Grace event :)



15 Msshe May 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I think I have the same cornbread recipe…oil and all. I try to cut down on oil so I have just enough to creat that very crispy crust. Yum! Love reading yor blog. Sheila


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