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Chocolate Town Special Cake

Author/Submitted by: Hershey Cocoa box label
Servings: 1
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

1/2  cup  Hershey's cocoa
1/2  cup  Boiling water
2/3  cup  Shortening
1 3/4  cups  Sugar
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
2    Eggs
2 1/4  cups  All-purpose flour, unsifted
1 1/2  teaspoons  Baking soda
1/2  teaspoon  Salt
1 1/3  cups  Buttermilk, or sour milk, see notes

Grease and dust with flour two 9-inch cake pans. Make smooth paste of cocoa and boiling water; cool slightly. Cream shortening, sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl; blend in eggs. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture. Add cocoa paste to batter, blending well. Pour batter into pans. Bake at 350 F for 35-40 mins or until a tester inserter in center comes out clean. Frost as desired.

To Sour Milk: Use 1 Tbs plus 1 tsp vinegar plus milk to equal 1 1/2 cups.

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