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Brownstone Front Cake (South Carolina)

This cake is delicious unfrosted or, for a special touch, frost with Icing for Brownstone Front Cake.



  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) margarine
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites, stiffly beaten


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 (5 1/3 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Mix buttermilk and baking soda together; let stand to expand.
  2. Cream margarine and sugar.
  3. Add yolks and chocolate; mix.
  4. Add buttermilk mixture, then sifted ingredients.
  5. Add vanilla extract, and beat well.
  6. Fold in egg whites.
  7. Bake in greased, lined tube pan at 300 degrees F for 1 hour.
  8. In saucepan, combine margarine, sugar and milk. Dissolve over low heat. Bring to boiling point and simmer 45 minutes uncovered.
  9. Remove from heat; add vanilla extract. Cool to room temperature, then beat well. Spread on cake.

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