Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dream Devil Food Cake

The last of two chocolate cakes in Just Plain Cooking is here today.

I am not sure why it is called Dream Devil Food, since I don't dream of doing much with the devil. It is hot enough here in The Deep South! Can't even imagine the temps of Hell!

Keep Calm and Keep Cool! What about a piece of cake?

Dream Devil Food (Memaw's)

3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup warm water

Combine milk and vinegar.
Sift together flour and salt.
Cream shortening and sugar.
Blend in eggs, one at a time. Beat for 1 minute.
Combine vanilla with soured milk mixture. Add alternately with dry ingredients to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Blend thoroughly after each addition.
Blend baking soda, cocoa, and warm water. Add to batter and mix well.
Pour into two well greased and lightly floured pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool and frost.

Cocoa Butter Frosting

Sift together 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
Cream 1/3 cup butter.
Blend in 1/4 cup hot cream alternating with sugar/cocoa mixture.
Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat thoroughly.
Spread on cake.

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