If a recipe says "untested"...

We want to post scans of all the original recipes so everyone in our family can enjoy them even if we haven't gotten around to testing each one in our modern kitchen. As we test each recipe, we will add our notes and photos to the recipes we do test and remove the note "untested" in the title. If you make one of the untested recipes, take a photo of the finished product and send us a note to let us know of your experience so we may include those in the recipes as well.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Recipes for "Iva's Devil Food Cake" and "White Cake" (untested)

These two recipes are on the front and back of the same scrap from an account ledger. The recipe for "White Cake" is handwritten on one side (the ledger side) while the recipe on the other side for "Iva's Devil Food Cake" is a photocopy of a typed recipe with the original being from Iva Demaree, Victorville, March 1947.

Iva's Devil Food Cake
2 eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup Wesson oil (or any melted shortening)
1/2 cup buttermilk (substitute: to a Tablespoon of vinegar, add sweet milk to make 1/2 cup)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 heaping Tablespoons cocoa (Hershey's)
2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon soda [probably baking soda]

Break two eggs into bowl of power mixer. Add 2 cups granulated sugar; 1/2 cup Wesson oil or any melted shortening; 1/2 cup buttermilk (substitute: to a Tablespoon vinegar add sweet milk to make 1/2 cup); 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1 Tablespoon vanilla; 3 heaping Tablespoons cocoa (Hershey's).

Start mixer at slow speed, and sift 2 cups cake flour four times. Add flour to first mix while still on slow speed. Mix thoroughly. Then add 1 cup hot water with 1 teaspoon soda in it. Batter must be kept thin. Don't add more flour. Bake in slow oven at 350°.

White Cake
3 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup Wesson oil
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
2 cups flour

Sift salt, baking powder and flour together 4 times and add to rest of the batter.

[No additional cooking instructions are included probably because it was intended to be a white version of the devil's food cake recipe above.]

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