Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This cake is PERFECT for birthdays. It makes quite a presentation for adults or kids. White 7 minute frosting is the real kicker, but I have used just a regular white buttercream and it still looks great.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup margarine
  • 1 12 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons hot coffee
  • 1 78 cups flour (that's 2 cups, minus 2 T.)
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring (not a typo!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour milk or 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Cream margarine and sugar till fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. In a separate bowl, mix cocoa, coffee, and food coloring till a smooth paste is formed. Blend into the creamed mixture. Mix flour, salt and soda, and add to mixture alternately with sour milk or buttermilk. Add vanilla. Pour into two greased and floured cake pans, and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or till tops spring back when lightly touched.
  2. Cool completely before frosting.
  3. Note: Take care which of your utensils you use to mix coloring mixture. Plastic or wood will pick up the red color and stain permanently. I always use metal and glass.
Most Helpful

This cake turned out perfect! The texture was dense and moist and the flavor was just right. I was a little concerned at first because the batter seemed a little wet and the cakes didn't rise as much as I'm used to, but it ended up being just what I had hoped for. I'm sure I will use this again. Thanks for posting!

Chris from Kansas January 01, 2007

I made this cake this weekend for my girls bday party. My daughter wanted a Christmas cake. It was wonderful. I made cream cheese icing and dyed it green to make it more christmas like. The cake was wonderful!! It was the first time ever making a homemade cake. Thanks so much!!

Southern Mama December 19, 2005

Actually, if this tastes like I remember, it deserves 10 stars!!! I lost my recipe about 30 years ago, and this is how I remember it. Thanks so very much

Myrna 2 July 04, 2005