First Mystery Cake

Oxmoor House
one 3-layer cake


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1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon boiling water


Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans; set aside.

Cream shortening; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix well after each addition.

Pour two-thirds of batter into 2 prepared cake pans.

Dissolve cocoa in water; add to remaining one-third of batter, mixing well. Pour batter into remaining prepared cake pan. Bake layers at 375° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove layers from pans, and let cool completely.

Spread Creamy Mocha Icing between layers, placing dark layer in the center. Frost top of cake with remaining frosting. Yield: one 3-layer cake.

Created date

February 2010