Devil’s Food Cake with Broiler Coconut Frosting

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Many of the recipes in the Cloverland cookbook call for cottage cheese, a product the dairy must have sold a lot of, but this cake, a sort of take on a German chocolate cake, does not. The cookbook is undated, but the original recipe calls for “fat” instead of butter or shortening, and the first instruction is to “cream fat and flavoring”! I’ve substituted butter for fat.

½ cup butter, softened
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate,
melted and cooled
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups cake flour, sifted
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Broiler Coconut Frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, adding sugar gradually. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well. Add melted chocolate. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add alternately with buttermilk to butter mixture, mixing thoroughly. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool slightly in pan. Frost cake with Broiler Coconut Frosting. Serves 8.

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