Saturday, August 18, 2012

Chocolate Cake from Just Plain Cooking

Baking time again. This time a chocolate cake.

Chocolate Cake (Memaw's)

1 3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and flour two 9 inch pans.
Cream the sugar and shortening together until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add vanilla.
Sift together flour, soda, and salt. Add alternately with the buttermilk.
Make a heavy, smooth paste of cocoa and boiling water. Cool slightly. Add to cake mixture and blend well.
Pour into pans and bake 35 minutes or until done.
Ice as desired.

Creamy Chocolate Icing

1 box confectioners sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons milk

Put all ingredients into mixing bowl. Beat at high speed until light and creamy. Add more milk if necessary to get right consistency. Spread onto cake.

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