Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
12 servings

Frosting a cake soon after it cools maintains its moistness. If you must delay that step, wrap the cake in plastic wrap.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cake, combine 1/2 cup cocoa and water in a small bowl; cool. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Place granulated sugar, shortening, and 2 teaspoons vanilla in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in cocoa mixture. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating well after each addition.

Step 3

Pour batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° 30 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack.

Step 4

To prepare icing, combine the powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons cocoa in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add milk, butter, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; stir with a whisk until smooth. Spread icing over cake.

Ratings & Reviews

andrea10191's Review

May 03, 2013
This cake was easy to make and tasted good - moist and not too sweet. I would have liked a fluffier frosting though.

WillowHope's Review

September 18, 2012
Lovely cake, very easy to make. My whole family enjoyed it, including my Fiancé, which is amazing because he's very particular about fudge cake and only likes the occasional ones. :)

jakemaddienoah's Review

January 10, 2012
great cake, easy to make. the frosting required a little more milk to make it spreadable. would make this one again!!

Meganlynne's Review

April 15, 2009
I made this cake for my mom's birthday and it was amazing. The cake was so easy to make and was so delicious. The frosting had great chocolate flavor and wasn't too sweet and the cake was so moist. I will definetly make this cake again because everyone loved it.

cruisetoscrap's Review

January 15, 2009
The cake has a nice texture but not a good flavor. The frosting was just bad and didn't even cover the cake. I would try it with my own frosting glaze.