We served at a church in rural West Tennessee for a little shy of 10 years. That town, and specifically that church, contained some of the sweetest, most genuine people I’ve ever known. That church also held a lady by the name of Ms. Francis. Some people don’t like to share recipes, but thankfully that was not the case with Ms. Francis. She gladly shared this recipe with me.
When she gave me the handwritten recipe I noticed it said, 2 cups of Wesson Oil. Thinking she miswrote a number I questioned her. She very sweetly said, “Oh no, it’s 2 cups.”
We are not what you would call health nuts, but we are pretty careful with what we eat. Can I just tell you something?
This cake is worth the splurge!
It is perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, your anniversary, a birthday, or just a regular Thursday. Yep, any ole Thursday will do. Surely you have something to celebrate?!? Do me a favor. Make this cake and think of the sweetest, most precious, classic Southern lady serving it to you and you’ll have the essence of this cake.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 t soda
- 1 t cocoa
- 1 t salt
- 1 t white vinegar
- 1 c. buttermilk
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 bottle red food coloring (can use less)
- 1 block of cream cheese
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 lbs. powdered sugar
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 c. chopped pecans (optional)
- Cream sugar and oil.
- Add eggs one at a time and mix
- Sift all dry ingredients 6-8 times.
- Alternatively add the sifted flour mixture and buttermilk, mixing after each addition.
- Add vinegar, vanilla, and food coloring.
- Pour into 3 lined and greased 9 inch cake pans.
- Bake for 25-35 minutes.
- Allow to cool.
- Combine cream cheese and butter.
- Slowly add powdered sugar.
- Add vanilla and pecans (if you use them.)
- Frost the cake.
- I do not sift 6-8 times. I only sift 1-2 times.
- You do not have to add all the food coloring. The color just won't be as bright.
- This is a dense cake, but do not overbake it.
- I always double the frosting recipe. Always.
Ms. Francis does not live on this side of eternity anymore. I remember her each time I make this cake. I remember her each time I serve this to someone else. And I think about her every time I use Wesson Oil. Grin.