Red Devil's Food Cake
|Shortening||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Sugar||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Cold water||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Cocoa||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Cake flour||2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)|
|Cold water||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Sugar||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Soda||1 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
Stir shortening to soften.
Gradually add 1 cup sugar, creaming together till light and fluffy.
Add salt and vanilla.
Combine 1/2 cup cold water and cocoa; beat into creamed mixture.
Add flour alternately with 1 cup cold water, beating well after each addition.
Beat egg whites till soft peaks form; gradually add 3/2 cup sugar, beating till stiff peaks form.
Fold, meringue into batter.
Combine soda and 1/3 cup cold water: stir to dissolve soda.
Stir into batter.
Bake in 2 paper-lined 9x1 1/2-inch round pans in moderate oven (350c) 30 minutes or till done.
Frost cooled cake with Fudge Velvet Frosting; trim with Chocolate Leaves in two sizes.