Thursday, January 14, 2016

Gram's Devil's Food Chiffon Cake

I was so excited when Gram told me about her cake. I know when she wants to share a recipe with me, it's going to knock my socks off.  This Devil's Food Chiffon Cake used to be her signature cake back in the day. 

Truckin' Man could not get enough of this cake, it disappeared faster than a cake ever has in our house. Rich, moist, chocolate cake. And, I decorated it the way Gram said she always used to, with sticky frosting, and topped with coconut. For the sticky frosting, I used my mom's Marshmallow Frosting. If you are interested in that, let me know and I will get that recipe out here for you.

Gram and I, on Thanksgiving day. 
I told her that I had to have her picture for when I shared this recipe. Isn't she the cutest baker ever?

Gram's Devil's Food Chiffon Cake

3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup egg egg whites (from 8-10 eggs)
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 3/4 cup sifted cake flour**See note below
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
8 to 10 egg yolks (from the eggs your separated for your whites)
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
In small bowl, combine boiling water and cocoa. Stir until smooth. Set aside.

In large bowl beat egg whites with cream of tarter until very stiff.

Sift cake flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in large mixing bowl. Make a well in center, and add vegetable oil, egg yolks, cooled cocoa mixture, and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Fold in egg whites until completely incorporated.  

Pour into ungreased 10" tube pan. Cut through batter with knife. 

Bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake 10 to 15 minutes longer, until cake springs back when touched.  Invert pan until cool.  Remove from pan.

Decorate as desired.

**If you don't have cake flour on hand, use this handy substitute: For every cup of flour, remove two tablespoons of flour, and replace with two tablespoons of corn starch.

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  1. Yummy! Thank you for sharing. What a special recipe and memory you will have.

  2. Your gram is the cutest and you two are adorable together! I love that she shared this with you and now you've shared this with us :) Cannot wait to share this with my family!!!

  3. Oh my goodness, I have to make this! Any recipe from a gram is good in my book and yes, we need the marshmallow frosting too! I've never made a chiffon cake, but would love to give this one a go. Pinning and adding to my must try list!

  4. wow that smooth and light crumb is perfect!

  5. Marshmallow Frosting? Sign me up, please!

  6. i usually don't like to fiddle with egg whites, but man, this looks good! i LOVE the idea of a marshmallow frosting too, even though that probably requires egg white too... :)

  7. What a gorgeous, inviting cake. I'm not sure if I like the recipe...or the photo with your gram...the most. VERY sweet. Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Keep em comin...please.

  8. What a delicious cake! I would love a slice with my hot chocolate!

  9. I can why this cake disappeared so quickly- it looks and sounds amazing!! I loved your line "I know when she wants to share a recipe with me, it's going to knock my socks off."- that's so great!

  10. Please thank your cute Gram...she is so cute! This cake looks so yummy! Can you please post the recipe for your Mom's sticky frosting? I would love to make it just as it looks here. Thanks!!

  11. Oh yum!! Thank you so for sharing your grandma's awesome cake recipe with all of us at Weekend Potluck!! Love the sweet picture of you two.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. This is such a great recipe. Thank you for sharing it and about your family ❤. I would love to make the marshmallow frosting too. Have you posted it anywhere?

    1. Thanks CJ! Here's the frosting recipe: