Red Devil's Food Cake
|Sifted cake flour||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (Swan's Down Brand)|
|Baking soda||3⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Sugar||1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)|
|Shortening||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (At Room Temperature)|
|Water||2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)|
|Unsweetened chocolate square||2 , melted (Baker's Brand)|
|Eggs||2 , unbeaten|
Combine flour, salt, soda, and sugar in sifter.
Stir shortening just to soften.
Sift in dry ingredients.
Add water and mix until all flour is dampened.
Then beat 2 minutes at a low speed of electric mixer or 300 vigorous strokes by hand.
Add chocolate, eggs, and vanilla and beat 1 minute longer in mixer or 150 strokes by hand.
Pour batter into 9x9x2-inch pan or two 8-inch layer pans which have been lined on bottoms with paper.
Bake in moderate oven (350Â°F.) 40 to 45 minutes for the square cake or 25 to 30 minutes for the 8-inch layers.
Frost with Sea Foam Frosting or Easy Chocolate Frosting