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A Taste of Foxfire: Easy Plain Cake

Sep 27, 2016 08:34AM ● By Melanie Heisinger
This tasty recipe for plain cake and frosting was adapted from The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery by former Foxfire student Eric Dyer. Read on to learn more.

Quick and Easy Plain Cake

By Gladys Nichols

This cake is good covered with chocolate icing and sprinkled with chopped walnuts.

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2  cup shortening or butter
2 eggs
3 1/2  cups self-rising flour
1 1/2  cups water
1 tablespoon flavoring of your choice


Cream sugar and butter; add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Sift flour and add alternately with water. Blend in flavoring. Pour batter into greased and floured layer pans—two 9-inch pans, or three 8-inch pans—and bake in a 350˚ oven for 30 to 45 minutes for two layers, or 20 to 25 minutes for three.


Soft Chocolate Frosting

By Arizona Dickerson

4 squares unsweetened chocolate, cut in pieces
1 1/4 cups cold milk
¼1/4  cup flour

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Put chocolate and milk in the top of a double boiler and heat. When chocolate is melted, beat with a rotary beater until smooth and blended. Remove from the heat. Blend flour and sugar, then stir into the chocolate, slowly, until smooth. Return to the heat and cook until thickened. Add butter and vanilla and stir until well blended. Cool and spread on cake.

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