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Best Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla


1. Heat oven to 350F. 2. Grease and flour 13x9x3-inch pan, 3 8-inch round pans or 2 9-inch round pans. 3. Beat all ingredients except fudge frosting in a large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes, scraping bowl constantly. Pour into pan(s). 4. Bake for 40-45 minutes (rectangle pan) or 30-35 minutes (round pans), or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool rounds 10 minutes; remove frompans. Cool completely. Frost. Frosting: Mix all ingredients except vanilla in a 2-1/2 quart saucepan. Heat to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Boil 1 minute without stirring. Place saucepan in a bowl of ice and water. Beat until frosting is smooth and of spreading consistency; add vanilla.

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