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Kate Smith's Devil's Food Cake

Any one Remember KATE SMITH and GOD BLESS AMERICA? Here is her Devil's Food Cake Recipe.


  • 4 squares unsweetened chocolate
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  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or sour milk)
  • 2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk ( or sour milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt chocolate over boiling water; add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup buttermilk and stir over boiling water until well blended. Let cool. Sift flour once, then measure.

Add baking powder, soda and salt and sift together 3 times. Cream butter add 1-1/4 cups sugar gradually and cream together until light and fluffy. Add eggs beat well.

Add about 1/4 of flour mixture and mix; add chocolate mixture and blend. Add remaining flour alternately with buttermilk, a small amount at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla. Bake in greased 16X10X2 inch pan,


(I think you could use two round cake pans now) in 350 degrees F oven for 35 minutes or until done. When cold cut in half and put together as a two layer cake. Spread center, top and sides with Chocolate frosting.

Chocolate Frosting:

  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Melt chocolate in top of double boiler. Add condensed milk gradually, mixing well; then add water and salt. Blend. Cook 3 minutes over rapidly boiling water, stirring constantly. Remove from fire. Add vanilla. Cool

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, Ca.

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