This is a recipe I have had since 1954. I use a cream cheese frosting.

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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 two 9 inch, round cake pans.

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  • Sift together cake flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add shortening, chocolate, buttermilk, and vanilla; beat for 2 minutes. Add eggs, and beat for 2 minutes. Stir in coconut. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool, and frost.

Nutrition Facts

332.3 calories; 4.5 g protein; 47.7 g carbohydrates; 31.8 mg cholesterol; 297.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2009
I made this cake for my dad for Father's Day and it was great. The only changes I made were to add a little more chocolate and I took it out of the oven after about 20 min. I am definitely not a great cake baker and this cake still received rave reviews from the fam. Thank you for the post! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2008
my husband is a confirmed chocoholic and he said this cake was only ok. it had way to much coconut. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2009
I made this cake for my dad for Father's Day and it was great. The only changes I made were to add a little more chocolate and I took it out of the oven after about 20 min. I am definitely not a great cake baker and this cake still received rave reviews from the fam. Thank you for the post! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2008
my husband is a confirmed chocoholic and he said this cake was only ok. it had way to much coconut. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2009
I made this cake for my dad for Father's Day and it was great. The only changes I made were to add a little more chocolate and I took it out of the oven after about 20 min. I am definitely not a great cake baker and this cake still received rave reviews from the fam. Thank you for the post! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/12/2012
I am a chocolate lover. That being said this was not chocolatey enough for me. I was going to frost it with Rick's Buttercream but with the lack of chocolate I changed direction and put a french silk frosting on it. I also think the method was a bit off and I should have followed my own instincts. The fats should be creamed and then the dry and the buttermilk should be added alternately till blended. The resulting chocolate cake was pale and looked like a beige colored cake. I think it needed 1 more oz of chocolate too. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2012
Made this for Christmas dinner. Moist and delicious! I thought the directions were a bit off too but I figured it out. Didn't have quite enough coconut - maybe 3/4 cup which was plenty - but it came out very well. I tossed in a little more chocolate because we're a family of chocoholics and frosted it with chocolate buttercream. Will make this again! Read More
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