Ingredients:

  • 1 stick margarine or butter
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Cream margarine or butter, shortening, and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa together, then add alternately with milk. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Grease a 10-inch tube pan very well, then sprinkle some sugar in the cake pan before pouring batter in to create a faux frosting, if desired.

Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes at 350º or until a cake tester comes out clean.

This recipe appeared in Southern Sweets: Down-Home desserts from Our State magazine. Recipe by Alice Bowman of Taylorsville. This recipe also appeared in the January 2007 issue of Our State magazine.

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