Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/4 cup shortening

  2. 1 cup sugar

  3. 1 egg

  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  5. 1 cup all-purpose flour

  6. 1/4 cup baking cocoa

  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder

  8. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt

  10. 3/4 cup 2% milk


  12. 1/2 cup butter, softened

  13. 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

  14. 1/2 cup baking cocoa

  15. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  16. 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.

  2. Pour into a greased and floured 9-in. round baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, vanilla and enough water to achieve spreading consistency.

  4. Cut cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with remaining layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Yield: 4 servings.


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