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Devil's Food Cake - 1880's Red Devil Cake
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This is an old heritage recipe from the 1880's from my best friend's great-grandmother. It is excellent by today's standards too.

Arizona Tart

Serves/Makes:6 or more slices

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) cocoa
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
  • 2 cups (475 ml) sugar
  • 2 cups (475 ml) flour
  • 1 cup (225 ml) hot water
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) buttermilk
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) red food coloring
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add beaten eggs and mix well.
  • Sift flour, cocoa, and salt.
  • Mix baking soda in a little cold milk and then fill the measuring cup with the hot milk, and add to the mixture.
  • Add the vanilla and the red food coloring, stirring (or beatin it on medium) well.
  • Bake at 325 degrees (175 C.) for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Frost anyway you like, but chocolate fudge frosting is always a favorite.

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