• Ingredients
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • FROSTING:
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 5 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add chocolate and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Combine sugar and cocoa; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Add vanilla; beat well. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.