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Chocolate Cake Recipes in Sunbeam Cookbook

Melba Lovelace Published: November 29, 1998


Here is the recipe from my 1948 Sunbeam Mix Master recipe book for Dot Herendeen.

It lists short-cut suggestions that readers will find helpful when making any cake. Assemble all ingredients and utensils before beginning. Have shortening at room temperature. Grease the cake pans (two deep 9-inch layer cake pans) before beginning and sprinkle with flour. Melt and cool the chocolate and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


2 c. cake flour

1 t. baking soda

3/4 t. salt

1 1/3 c. sugar

1/2 c. shortening, softened

1 t. vanilla

3/4 c. milk

2 eggs, unbeaten

3 squares (3 oz.) unsweetened chocolate, melted

1/4 c. milk

Combine in large electric mixer bowl the flour, soda, salt and sugar. Add shortening, vanilla and 3/4-cup milk. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.

Add eggs, chocolate and remaining milk. Beat 1 minute. Pour into prepared pans and bake 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from pans and cool.

Note: 1 cup chopped nuts may be added when adding chocolate. Ice as desired.

Eunice Ezell, Paoli


I learned to cook from the Sunbeam cookbook Dot mentioned. I give three stars to the cocoa Devil's Food Cake on the same page with the cake recipe she requested.


1 1/2 c. cake flour

1 1/4 c. sugar

1/2 c. cocoa

3/4 t. salt

1 1/4 t. baking soda

2/3 c. shortening, softened

2/3 c. buttermilk

1 t. vanilla

1/3 c. buttermilk

2 eggs, unbeaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8-inch layer cake pans and sprinkle with flour. Sift all dry ingredients into large electric mixer bowl. Add shortening, 2/3-cup buttermilk and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes. Add remaining buttermilk and eggs. Beat 2 minutes more. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from pans and cool. Ice with your favorite icing.

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In response to JoAnn Snider, who wanted the mix that keeps cakes from sticking, let me share these two. I think they both came from your column.

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