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Nana’s Red Earth Cake (super moist, super devour-able)

Nana’s Red Earth Cake (super moist, super devour-able)

One of my Nanas many recipes that people ask for is her Red Earth Cake.  I have been meaning to post it for awhile now.  I went home and made it with her about a year ago and took pictures but never set down to type it all up. My cousin Brooke (check her out she writes too) recently called and asked for it and since I text-ed it to her I figured I could take the opportunity to cut and past and add some pictures and finally get it on here. This recipe is precious to me and the time I got to spend with my Nana learning it is even more precious to me.  My Nana is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and I have been trying to enjoy all the moments while I can along with learning and compiling her recipes.  It is one of the reasons this blog is a huge part of my heart and soul. Please enjoy this as much as our family has over the years.

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Red Earth Cake
Cake Ingredients:
½ cup shorting/Crisco
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
3 Tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon red food color
3 tablespoons hot coffee
1 7/8 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Icing Ingredients:
1/2 stick of oleo or butter
16 ounces or a box of powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons hot coffee
1 teaspoon red food color
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Measure out the buttermilk first and pour it in a larger bowl and then pour in the baking soda and stir. It will increase in volume. Be sure to stir it well so that all baking soda dissolves. Set mixture aside.

Cream Crisco in mixer. Add sugar gradually and cream until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.

Mix cocoa, food color, and coffee in a small bowl to form a paste. Add to creamed mixture and beat until incorporated.

Add flour and salt mixture and then buttermilk mixture to the batter, beating to incorporate after each addition. Add the vanilla.

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Bake in two 8 inch cake pans, with parchment or waxed paper liners at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until it separates slightly from the sides of the pan. Don’t over bake. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Icing Directions:
Cream butter with sugar in mixer.

Make paste of coffee, cocoa, food color and vanilla and add to creamed mixture. If necessary, add more coffee until icing is of spreading consistency.

Ice the cake and between the layers… Devour as needed 🙂

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…….good luck it’s delicious!

My Moms a Pistol

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Oh I love my momma! She’s a real pistol of a woman. She doesn’t get to come down to my house very often because she’s a busy lady and she has her irons in quite a few fires, but when she comes we have a good time. A little dinner and some wine and maybe a movie. It’s nice to spend time alone, usually it’s a circus of people parading around us. Did I mention she’s a red head. Yep my moms a pistol. My moms a pistol and her moms a saint, That would be Nana. She sent a cake with Mom for Nicks graduation and it is oh so perfectly delicious. Nana was so worried it wouldn’t taste right that she made mom cut a sliver out and try it. A story followed to explain the paranoia. Nana says when her mom (MeMaw) was getting older she made a cake and forgot a few ingredients and to top it off it was a Red earth cake and she was out of red food coloring and used green instead. Nana indicated in her very nice polite way that it was a nasty pile of green mess. I assured her by eating two pieces that hers was just spectacular. Put butter on a pound cake heat it in the oven a few minutes and you have heaven in your mouth!

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