Mocha Frosting

From Julia.

Here’s an early version from the June 29, 1902 edition of The Boston Globe:

New Frosting

Here is a new frosting which we think is fine. It is called mocha frosting: one cup confectioner’s sugar, butter size of walnut, 2 teaspoons cocoa, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 tablespoons hot coffee. It makes a soft frosting. Someone try and report. I got this recipe while visiting. I think it is something new.


See the post for mocha frosting from Ceres, California for a little more discussion of mocha.

From a notebook originally from somewhere in the general area of Sterling, Colorado from the 1930s.

This recipe is from the 30th page of the notebook; here’s the page in full (click to enlarge).

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In the words of the seller:
I acquired this book from the great granddaughter of the woman who wrote this book back in a small Nebraska town in the 30’s. She belonged to that generation of rural housewives who worked tirelessly to make ends meet and “keep body and soul together” for their families working the farms.

Later addendum:

[A]fter a conversation I had with a friend’s sister who used to live in North Eastern Colorado, given the type of recipes listed we decided it might be from a small town there, i.e., Sterling or Fort Morgan. Also North Platte or Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Even Cheyenne, Wyoming. If you Google a map of Sterling, Colorado and pull back, you will see all these little towns in that tri-state area.

Moka Frosting

Take powdered sugar, cocoa, melt butter and pour over, good heaping of melted butter and use coffee as liquid. Beat very hard.

From Julia.

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