Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Beat shortening and sugar in a bowl until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Pour into a greased and floured 9-inch round baking pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven 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.
  4. For frosting, in a small mixing bowl, cream butter. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, vanilla and enough water to achieve spreading consistency.
  5. To assemble, cut cake in half. Place one half on a serving plate. Spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake. Spread remaining frosting over top and rounded edge of cake.