Best Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

Yield: 12 servings

2 c All 2 c Sugar 1/2 c Shortening 3/4 c Water 3/4 c Buttermilk 1 ts Baking soda 1 ts Salt 1 ts Vanilla 1/2 ts Baking powder 2 Eggs 4 oz Unsweetened chocolate Melted and cooled Fudge frosting: 2 c Sugar 1/2 c Shortening 3 oz Unsweetened chocolate 2/3 c Milk 1/2 ts Salt 2 ts Vanilla

Heat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 13 x 9 x 3 pan, 3 8? round pans or 2 9? round pans. Beat all ingredients except fudge frosting in a large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes, scraping bowl constantly. Pour into pan (s). Bake for 40-45 minutes (rectangle pan) or 30-35 minutes (round pans), or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool rounds 10 min.; remove from pans. Cool completely. Frost. Frosting: Mix all ingredients except vanilla in a 2 1/2 quart saucepan. Heat to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Boil 1 minute without stirring. Place saucepan in a bowl of ice and water. Beat until frosting is smooth and of spreading consistency; add vanilla.


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