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Empress Chocolate Cake

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Servings: 12
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

1 1/2  cups  Sifted cake flour
1  cup  Ghirardelli Sweet Ground, Chocolate
3/4  cup  Sugar
1 1/2  teaspoons  Baking soda
1/4  teaspoon  Cream of tartar
1/2  teaspoon  Salt
2/3  cup  Shortening
1  cup  Buttermilk
2    Eggs
1  teaspoon  Vanilla

DIRECTIONS: Heat oven to 350-F. Into large mixer bowl, sift flour with Ground Chocolate, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add shortening and 3/4 cup buttermilk. Beat on low speed to combine ingredients. Beat on medium low speed for 2 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Beat additional 2 minutes. Line two 8 by 1 1/2" round cake pans with waxed paper. Spread batter into pans. Bake at 350-F for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on racks 10 minutes; remove layers from pans. After completely cooled, frost with Empress Frosting*. *separate recipe Source: Recipes from Ghirardelli Chocolate Company of San Francisco; recipe from box of "Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa" From: Sallie Austin

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