Family Recipe Friday: Grandma’s Devil’s Food Cake

Before we found this recipe after my grandmother’s death, there was serious talk of bulldozing her house in hope of finding this recipe, which perhaps was stored in some secret chamber underneath the floorboards.

Looking at this recipe today, it almost makes my heart stop, given its 4 cups of sugar and half cup of shortening for what isn’t that large a cake to begin with.

I am posting this as-is, with no explanation of how to perform the soft ball test or how to know when milk is properly sour. The mice got to this copy and chewed off the word ‘devil,’ and I only slightly pause to wonder why those demonic mice would want to hide the devil’s hand in this concoction.

Here it is, world: The Secret Chocolate Cake Recipe. May God forgive me.


About glamberson

I am an amateur genealogist and a professional technologist, having experience in both areas that goes back to the 1980s (at least). My genealogical interests really began in 1979 when my grandfather died. Computers & technology have been primary interests since the early 1980s. My first personal computer was an Apple IIe bought shortly after they first became available.
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3 Responses to Family Recipe Friday: Grandma’s Devil’s Food Cake

  1. Claudia says:

    To test for the soft ball stage. While cooking the frosting it needs to get to “soft Ball Stage” To test for this you will need a mug filed with cold water. Take a teaspoon of the cooking mixture and drop it in the cold water. Then you put in your fingers and you should be able to form a soft ball with the mixture. If it doesn’t for a smooth soft ball and is loose it needs to be cooked more. It is is hard like taffy, you have cooked it too long.
    Second method, get a candy thermometer and “soft ball” is on the gauge. It will be about 240F. You can use this method for making fudge.

    Now, you probably know more than you can to know.

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