A dark chocolate cake made with shortening and cake flour.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
2 - 9 inch pans
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 (9 inch) pans. In the top of a double boiler, heat chocolate, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, beat shortening until smooth. Add flour mixture, 1 cup of the milk and vanilla. Mix on low speed until flour is dampened, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs, remaining 1/3 cup milk and melted chocolate. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Nutrition Facts

383 calories; protein 5.3g 11% DV; carbohydrates 55.9g 18% DV; fat 16.7g 26% DV; cholesterol 33.2mg 11% DV; sodium 402.4mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2009
This cae is delicious! The only issue was I had to cook it for forty minutes. I would definitely recommend. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/23/2020
I made this cake following directions to a ‘T’ with fresh ingredients and the cake layers came out flat. I’m very disappointed, I made this cake for someone’s birthday and don’t have time for a do-over. Read More
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2009
This cae is delicious! The only issue was I had to cook it for forty minutes. I would definitely recommend. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2005
It is sligtly dry and lots of iceing but over all it was alright. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2009
This recipe was very easy and very good.My husband made this cake for my birthday he is not a cook/baker at all!Icing we used was Italian buttercream. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2011
The cake is very good I used semi-sweet chocolate and a chocolate mocha frosting. I only had 1 cup of milk so it did come out a little dry maybe also because it needed more than 30 min bake time but overall quite good easy to make although I have never heard of not creaming sugar and butter/shortening together rather than adding the sugar to the flour mixture to sift! That was strange to me Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2017
I substituted cocoa for the melted chocolate and frosted it with buttercream and coconut. It turned out great. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/22/2020
I made this cake following directions to a ‘T’ with fresh ingredients and the cake layers came out flat. I’m very disappointed, I made this cake for someone’s birthday and don’t have time for a do-over. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/16/2013
I was very disappointed with this cake. It was very dry and dense with little flavor. Even sweet peanut butter frosting could not save it!!!:( Read More