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Devil’s Food Cake

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Last summer was our thirteenth wedding anniversary. My daughter suggested that I make a cake for the occasion since that’s what Barbie does for her parents. How could I say no? We looked up recipes in my grandma’s cookbook and gave my husband some options. He chose Devil’s Food Cake. The recipe suggested using Seven-Minute Icing. First, I made the cake with the help of my four-year-old and a dear friend who was in town. It was fairly straightforward. If you don’t have a sifter, you can use a wire whisk. Enjoy and let me know how it turns out for you!

Devil’s Food Cake

1940's recipe
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16

Equipment

  • Double Boiler

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Cocoa
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Egg

Part 2

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Shortening Butter Flavored
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Cake Flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Flavoring

Instructions

  • Stir sugar and cocoa together.
  • Beat the egg separately and add to the mixture.
  • Pour in milk.
  • Cook over double boiler until smooth and thick (mine didn’t thicken too much).
  • Let it cool.

Part 2

  • Set oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cream the shortening and sugar together.
  • Beat eggs well and then add.
  • Beat entire mixture thoroughly.
  • Measure flour.
  • Sift flour.
  • Measure flour again.
  • Sift flour with baking soda and salt.
  • Alternate between the milk and the creamed shortening and sugar and add gradually.
  • Add vanilla followed by cooled cocoa mixture.
  • Thoroughly beat together.
  • Oil a layered cake pan or a 9×13 pan.
  • Pour mixture into chosen pan.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Frost with seven-minute icing or another icing of your choice once the cake has cooled.

Seven Minute Icing

Quick old-fashioned icing
Prep Time7 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16

Equipment

  • Double Boiler

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/3 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Flavoring

Instructions

  • Put water in the bottom of a double boiler and place burner on high to boil.
  • Boil about a cup of water in separate small pan.
  • Stir sugar, salt, cream of tartar, and boiling water together and pour into upper pan of double boiler.
  • Put over the bottom of the double boiler (water should be boiling before doing so).
  • Add egg white (unbeaten).
  • Beat for about seven minutes with mixer, or until the icing is thick and ready to spread.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Brown sugar can be substituted for sugar if desired.

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