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Old Fashioned Devil's Food Cake Recipe

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This recipe for Old Fashioned Devil's Food Cake, by , is from Joyce Manwiller's Recipe Box, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Joyce Manwiller
Added: Saturday, January 19, 2008


3/4 c milk
2 tsp instant coffee granules
3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 c sour cream
1 1/4 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 c butter, softened
1 1/2 c sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

4 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1 2/3 c confectioners' sugar
3/4 c heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla
6 Tbs butter, cut into small pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease three 8" cake pans and line bottom with wax paper. Grease and flour the wax paper.
2. To prepare the cake, combine milk and coffee granules in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until bubbles form around the outer edges. Add cocoa powder and whisk until well blended. Add sour cream and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and cool.
3.Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl.
4. Beat butter with a mixer at medium speed until light. Add sugar gradually and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Reduce to low speed and gradually beat in flour mixture alternating with chocolate mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes on medium speed.
5. Divide batter among the three pans. Bake 20-25 minutes or until top springs back when touched. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Gently remove cakes from the pans, place on wire rack and remove the wax paper. Cool completely.
6. To prepare the frosting, combine chocolate, confectioners' sugar and cream in a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
7. Pour chocolate mixture into a large bowl. Place bowl in another bowl filled with ice water. Stir frosting occasionally and let stand until cold and thick, about 15 minutes. Remove bowl from ice water. Gradually add butter to the frosting while beating with a mixer on high speed until it is stiff enough to hold its shape.
8. To assemble, place one layer on a serving plate and spread top evenly with 3/4 cup of frosting. Repeat with the remaining two layers. Serves 16




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