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Basic Chocolate Cake

Yield 12 servings
Slather this all-purpose rich chocolate cake in Rich Chocolate Buttercream or a whipped cream frosting.

Ingredients

  • 4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Rich Chocolate Buttercream (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 323
  • fat 13.7 g
  • cholesterol 36 mg
  • sodium 259 mg

How to Make It

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

  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.

  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.

  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.