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12 servings

Slather this all-purpose rich chocolate cake in Rich Chocolate Buttercream or a whipped cream frosting.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place chocolate in top of a double broiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until chocolate melts.

Step 2

Beat shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add chocolate, mixing well.

Step 3

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to chocolate mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix at low speed after each addition until blended. Add water, mixing well. Stir in vanilla.

Step 4

Pour batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans. Bake at 350º for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Frost as desired.

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