How to make it

  • Make paste and set aside.
  • Cream sugar and shortening, add eggs.
  • Combine flour, salt, and soda. Add to cake alternately with the sour milk.
  • Add vanilla, then the paste mixture last. Mix well.
  • Bake at 350 til tests done with toothpick. (Above bake time is a guess; no temp. or time was on Mom's recipe.)
  • We always used layer pans, but can use 13x9.
  • Frosting:
  • Cream the butter or margarine. Combine the cocoa and sugar. Add gradually, mixing well. Then add vanilla, coffee, and red food color to desired shade. Frost cool cake.

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  • fizzle3nat 5 years ago
    Hey, Deb! This sounds like a delicious cake and pretty, too. I know your instructions say to tint the frosting to the 'desired shade', but I'd just like to know how dark do you like to tint it? Thanks! - Natalie
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  • hudsons2 5 years ago
    Bailed me out Christmas morning 2009! This is my family's recipe we use for Jesus' birthday cake each year and today I can't find my copy. Too embarrassed to call a family member to ask - I turn to the internet and can not believe I found the recipe! This has been my family's Special Occasion/Celebration Cake for over 55 years...it'll cure what ails you!

    Merry Christmas and God Bless
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    " It was excellent "
    bluewaterandsand ate it and said...
    My grandmother had a recipe similar to this and we all, loved it!
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    " It was excellent "
    jo_jo_ba ate it and said...
    This is almost exactly the same as my mom's recipe... down to the paste! I know this has to be great. ^5 from me!
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  • 22566 6 years ago
    Oh, you got my attention, when I read "RED Earth"

    Thats what they call,the country where I am from.

    Thank-you the recipe really sounds good

    Have a good Day
    Kind Regards
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    Great Birthday cake thanks bunches
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