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Devil Cake with Boiled Frosting

Categories: Cakes

Submitted by: Recipe from the 1908 Rumford Complete Cookbook, photography by Stacy Walker - The Backroad Life.

This cake tastes like a spice cake with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg along with a subtle hint of chocolate. It's deliciously topped off with a sweet but light frosting!


  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. Rumford Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 c. cold water
  • 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • Boiled Frosting
    • 1 c. powdered sugar
    • 1/3 c. hot water
    • 1 egg white
    • 1/6 tsp. cream of tartar
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract



In a large mixing bowl cream the softened butter and sugar together. Add the flour, baking powder, and spices and mix together with the butter and sugar. Add the water. Mix everything together well. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water on the stove. Add the melted chocolate along with the vanilla and lemon extracts to the batter mixture. Beat the egg whites to frothy and add them to the batter as well. Mix everything together until well blended. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


In a small sauce pan boil the sugar and water together. Beat the egg white and add the cream of tartar. Pour the hot syrup over the egg white/cream of tartar and stir in the vanilla flavoring while mixing it all together. Pour over warm cake and spread evenly.

Recipe from the 1908 Rumford Complete Cookbook, photography by Stacy Walker - The Backroad Life.