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       Title: AMERICAN BEAUTY
  Categories: Cakes
       Yield: 1 Servings
  
 ----------------------------------COLORING----------------------------------
       2 oz Food coloring, red
       3 tb Cocoa, instant; Nestle’s
 
 -----------------------------------BATTER-----------------------------------
     1/2 c  Shortening; Crisco
   1 1/2 c  Sugar, granulated
       2    Eggs
       1 c  Buttermilk
   2 1/4 c  Flour, cake; sifted 3 times
       1 ts Salt
       1 ts Vanilla
       1 tb Vinegar, white
       1 ts Baking soda
 
 -----------------------------------ICING-----------------------------------
     1/4 lb Butter, unsalted
       7 tb Shortening; Crisco
       1 c  Sugar, granulated
     1/2 ts Vanilla
       3 tb Flour, cake
     2/3 c  Buttermilk; room temperature
  
    Mix together the red food coloring and instant cocoa; set aside. Cream
   together the 1/2 cup of shortening, 1-1/2 cup sugar and eggs. Add colored
   paste and mix well. Add 1 cup buttermilk, 2-1/4 cup cake flour and salt.
   Mix well, add 1 teaspoon vanilla, vinegar and baking soda. Mix well again.
   
    Bake in 350F oven 30-35 minutes.
   
    For the icing, cream together butter, remaining shortening and vanilla.
   Mix very well with electric beater; add remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a
   time while mixing. Add remaining buttermilk and mix well.
   
    Notes: This recipe was handed down from my mother-in-law and I have never
   seen the equal of it! For Christmas, add green food coloring to the icing
   for a real Christmas effect. The hand written recipe did not indicate pan
   size, type or quantity ... but works well as a layer cake or in a
   springform cake pan. If you make this cake, let me know how you like it.
   
    Rick Weissgerber - an original upload to GEnie F&WRT.
  
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