BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH FUDGE FROSTING

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20 min Prep
1 hr 15 min Total
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12 Servings

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Get ready for cake that’s a chocolate powerhouse and discover why it's called the best!


Ingredient List
    Cake
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 cups sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon salt
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 cup shortening
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3/4 cup water
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Small check mark in a circle icon4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 eggs
    Fudge Frosting
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 cups sugar
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 cup shortening
  • Small check mark in a circle icon3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2/3 cup milk
  • Small check mark in a circle icon1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Small check mark in a circle icon2 teaspoons vanilla
Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan, two 9-inch round cake pans, or three 8-inch round cake pans. In large bowl, beat all cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan(s).
  2. Bake rectangle 40 to 45 minutes, rounds 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool rectangle in pan on cooling rack. Cool rounds 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  3. In 2 1/2-quart saucepan, mix all frosting ingredients except vanilla. Heat to rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Boil 1 minute without stirring. Place saucepan in bowl of ice and water. Beat until frosting is smooth and spreadable; stir in vanilla. Frost rectangle or fill and frost layers with frosting.
Tips
  • Rise to the occasion! If using self-rising flour, there is no need to add baking soda, salt or baking powder.
  • If you love chocolate-covered cherries, try this: Bake the cake in 3 layers. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the frosting. Stir 1/4 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries into the remaining frosting; fill layers with cherry frosting. Frost cake with reserved frosting.
  • Give the frosting a rocky road twist by folding mini marshmallows and chopped nuts into the frosting before spreading it on the cake.