I’m going to preface this blog post with saying I am not a cake baker (yet). 2020 goal: work on cake baking skills AND cake decorating. I love to bake, as you all probably could’ve guessed by now. But cakes have not yet become my specialty. I tend to gravitate towards cookies and breads and the like but there is something to be said about baking a cake. There is actually a lot to be learned here and in my novice state, I decided to make a family recipe that comes from my husband’s side of the family in honor of Christmas & the holidays.
A very special woman in my husband’s life, his grandmother, crafted this recipe. I truthfully don’t know the entire history behind this recipe however, I did have the pleasure of meeting and getting to know my husband’s grandmother prior to our marriage and her passing several years ago. And when I say she was a true gem, she was and more.
My husband’s grandmother, otherwise known as Grammie, had a huge heart and was always up for a kiss square on the mouth. She was such a special lady and I’m so glad that I was able to know her. This is in honor of her.
Serving Size: 8-10 people // Prep Time: 20-30 minutes // Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 1 stick margarine (1/2 cup)
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 oz. red food coloring
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbs cocoa
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk mixed with 1 tbs of apple cider vinegar
- 2 1/4 cup cake flour
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 tsp of baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly grease and flour two 9″ round cake pans.
- Cream together the margarine and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
- Sift flour, cocoa, and salt together. Set aside. (Truthfully, I did not sift here. I whisked them all together and set aside.)
- Mix milk and apple cider vinegar together in a measuring cup and set aside.
- Add flour mixture to margarine/sugar mixture alternating with milk. Start with the milk and end with the flour. (For example, 1/2 cup milk, 1 cup four, 1/2 cup milk, etc).
- Add vanilla and food coloring until desired batter color. (In my experience, the more red, the better).
- Fold in baking soda/apple cider vinegar mixture.
- Evenly distribute batter between the three cake pans. Bake 30 minutes or until cake is firm and toothpick comes out clean.
- Once cake has cooled, icing with any whipped frosting recipe. I used my mother-in-law’s cream cheese frosting recipe which is absolutely delicious!