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Easy Fudge Layer Cake

Yield 18 servings
This recipe holds true to its name: It's supereasy to make.

Ingredients

  • Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups skim milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process or unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs

Nutrition Information

  • calories 283
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • fat 7.7 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 1.3 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 5.4 g
  • carbohydrate 48.3 g
  • fiber 0.3 g
  • cholesterol 42 mg
  • iron 1.9 mg
  • sodium 218 mg
  • calcium 65 mg

How to Make It

  1. Prepare the Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting; cover and chill.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°.

  3. Coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; line bottoms of pans with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray; set pans aside.

  4. Combine flour and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; beat at low speed of a mixer 30 seconds or until ingredients are moist. Beat mixture at medium speed 2 minutes or until well-blended.

  5. Pour batter into prepared pans. Sharply tap pans once on the counter to remove air bubbles. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool in pans 5 minutes on a wire rack. Loosen layers from sides of pans using a narrow metal spatula, and turn out onto wire racks. Peel off wax paper, and cool completely.

  6. Place 1 cake layer on a plate, and spread with 1/2 cup Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting. Top with remaining cake layer; spread remaining frosting on sides and top of cake. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.