This recipe was passed down to my mother from her mother-in-law, my grandmother. Devil's food cake has always been my favorite cake and this is the one that I fell in love with as a child. Now I have inherited the recipe from my mom who passed away 4 years ago. Of course, my grandmother's recipe used lard in her cake, my mom used vegetable shortening; but I prefer to use softened butter, but have also made it with coconut oil which was very good as well. Whatever shortening you decide to use, it is a cake that is delicious. I also like to frost with different icings depending on my mood.