Devil’s Food Cake

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It’s snowing here….again. Yippee! Spring has been really peculiar and we aren’t through it yet. I bet that up next, blizzard! Being as the weather is yucky, I made chili fries for supper. Loads of cheese, tons of hot sauce, crispy fries. Couldn’t get much better. Until I made chocolate cake, with vanilla icing.

I found a cake recipe from the ’70s. The most exciting thing is that the flour, quite specifically, does not have to be sifted. That made it an instant winner in my eyes. I wanted something simple – I’m not very good at cake just yet and I find all the little rules & regulations of new recipes just too, too much.

I did add some instant coffee to it – according to my son’s girlfriend, it makes the cake taste like an Oreo, which can only be bad if you have trouble controlling yourself around Oreo’s. Sooooo, it’ll be fine, right?!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cup flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tp salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 TB instant coffee granules

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add the eggs and mix well.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.

Add it, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix well between each addition.

Mix the instant coffee with the boiling water and add to the batter. Beat until smooth.

Pour into a 13×9 pan that’s been greased and floured, lined with parchment paper or sprayed with no-stick spray.

Bake the cake for about 40 minutes. When I tested mine after 40 minutes, the tester came out with batter on it, so it went in for another 10 minutes.

Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove. Cool entirely and frost if you are so inclined.

Vanilla Frosting Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2-1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2-3 TB milk

Mix until consistency you prefer.

Funny story, Loki, the orange eyed God of Mischief in this house, quite likes icing, thank you very much. He was bugging me quite unabashedly so I put a little icing on my finger, just to show him it was nothing he wanted and I was incorrect. He wanted that quite a bit, thanks. Quite unexpected, but he will have no more despite his mooching.

Cats are not supposed to like sugar.

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