• Ingredients
  • 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 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

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl, beat shortening and sugar. beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Pour into a greased and floured 9-in. round baking pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or 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.
  • For frosting, in a small mixing bowl, cream butter. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, vanilla and enough water to achieve spreading consistency.
  • 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.