Chocolate cake with pecan filling and seafoam frosting. My Aunt always made this cake and it is very moist and rich.

Old Fashioned Red Devil’s Food Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
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  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
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  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

    1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 – 9 inch pans. Sift together 2 cups flour, cocoa, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

    2 In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add flour mixture alternately with sour milk. Add 1 cup boiling water and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

    3 Divide batter into two 9 inch pans. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow layers to cool, then spread Pecan Filling between layers.

    4 To make Pecan Filling: In a sauce pan, combine 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, butter, milk and egg yolks. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat, add 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in pecans and set aside to cool. Spread between layers of cake, then frost with Satin Seafoam Icing.

    5 To make Satin Seafoam Icing: In a sauce pan, combine 3/4 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup white sugar, cream of tartar and 1/3 cup hot water. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook until 246 degrees F (120 degrees C). Remove from heat. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. While beating with an electric mixer at medium speed, slowly pour hot syrup in a thin stream over egg whites. Turn mixer to high speed, and continue beating until stiff peaks form, and frosting is thick enough to spread. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.


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