Old Fashioned Devils Food Cake and Marshmallow Icing.

birthday cakeOne of the absolute favorites of anyone who loves chocolate, devils food cake is a traditional dessert that is served for holidays, for desserts and for birthday parties. Devils Food is a bit heavier than regular cake and this is done with the inclusion, in this instance, of mashed potatoes that not only give the cake that delightful weight, but also keep it moist and delicious. As a rule, recipes for cakes from scratch aren’t used often today, but this one is well worth using. It’s a holdover from a baking powder company’s recipes, found in an old and very outdated book that was printed in 1920. The taste of Devil’s food cake hasn’t lost it’s allure and this recipe for a devils food cake from scratch is going to rapidly become one of your favorite cake recipes.

Devil’s Food Cake

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2-1/2 ounces chocolate (or 1/2 cup cocoa and a half stick of butter)
1/2 cup mashed potatoes
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1-1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream shortening; add sugar, melted chocolate and mashed potatoes; mix well; add egg yolk, milk and flour and baking powder which have been sifted together; beat well; add nuts, vanilla and beaten egg white; mix thoroughly. Bake in greased shallow tin in moderate oven 25 to 35 minutes.

MARSHMALLOW ICING

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
6 or 8 marshmallows
white of 1 egg
few drops vanilla extract

Boil sugar and water without stirring until syrup spins a thread; melt marshmallows in syrup; pour slowly over beaten white of egg; add flavoring and spread very thickly over cake. Melt 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate with one-half teaspoon butter and spread thin coating over icing when cool.

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