A simple, old-fashioned chocolate cake. Great with a chocolate glaze.

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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 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 an 8 inch square pan.

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  • In a large saucepan, melt together the shortening and cocoa. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and egg. Mix buttermilk with baking soda, salt and vanilla, then blend into chocolate mixture. Beat in flour. Stir in hot water. Pour into prepared pan.

  • 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

294 calories; 13 g total fat; 22 mg cholesterol; 307 mg sodium. 42.1 g carbohydrates; 4.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2009
Unlike the reviewer who described this as light and airy I agree with Sumchelle that this is a dense cake rich and moist but still tender - and definitely not "fluffy." Deep dark chocolate stick to your fork delicious! I did use the shortening as called for and freshly brewed hot coffee rather than the water. So many frostings would work well with this but I chose Brownie Frosting also from this site. This satisfies even the most serious chocolate craving! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/11/2007
I am not typically a negative person but I can find nothing good to say about this cake. The fact that the recipe only calls for a single egg should have been a clue to me that this would be more like a fudgy brownie than a cake. It was moist but it was too dense. If you like airy spongy cakes this is NOT the cake for you. Read More
(6)
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2009
Unlike the reviewer who described this as light and airy I agree with Sumchelle that this is a dense cake rich and moist but still tender - and definitely not "fluffy." Deep dark chocolate stick to your fork delicious! I did use the shortening as called for and freshly brewed hot coffee rather than the water. So many frostings would work well with this but I chose Brownie Frosting also from this site. This satisfies even the most serious chocolate craving! Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2009
Unlike the reviewer who described this as light and airy I agree with Sumchelle that this is a dense cake rich and moist but still tender - and definitely not "fluffy." Deep dark chocolate stick to your fork delicious! I did use the shortening as called for and freshly brewed hot coffee rather than the water. So many frostings would work well with this but I chose Brownie Frosting also from this site. This satisfies even the most serious chocolate craving! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2006
I followed this recipe exactly and it turned out to be delicious. Instead of making a cake I made cupcakes and iced them with "Chocolate Frosting III." I made them for both my husband and I to bring to work and they were devoured! Everyone raved about them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2008
Excellent. This was easy to whip up and tastes great. I used 1/2 cup butter rather than shortening and added lemon to regular milk since I had no buttermilk. It turned out just like I wanted. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2008
I loved this recipe. I used unsalted butter instead of shortening. It was chocolatey and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/10/2007
I am not typically a negative person but I can find nothing good to say about this cake. The fact that the recipe only calls for a single egg should have been a clue to me that this would be more like a fudgy brownie than a cake. It was moist but it was too dense. If you like airy spongy cakes this is NOT the cake for you. Read More
(6)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2007
Wonderful cake. Easy to make. Light moist and airy (all important qualities in a cake). New family favorite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2007
Really good easy chocolate cake! I swapped a stick of unsalted butter for the shortening but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I topped it with a quick ganache made with of a couple of tablespoons each unsalted butter and heavy cream 3 oz semi sweet chocoate and a tablespoon of rum and served it with fresh whipped cream. It was fabulous and I will definitely make it again - probably in a heart-shaped pan for valentine's day. Next time I'll use hot strong coffee instead of water. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2005
Very good cake and not difficult to make. Afterwards I topped with Paula's Whipped Cream recipe and added strawberries. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2011
I had to use canola oil instead of crisco but my cake turned out just fine. It rose nicely and was not dense or fudgy at all. As good as any chocolate cake I've made!! Love that it fits in an 8x8 so we don't have a huge pan of dessert sitting around for just my family. I paired it with "light and creamy brown sugar frosting" from this site. It was just the right amount of frosting for this little cake. Read More
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