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1 c. shortening
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 c. unsifted all-purpose flour
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. cocoa
2 tsp. soda
1 c. hot water

In large mixing bowl cream shortening, sugar, salt and vanilla. Add
eggs and beat with mixer until mixture is very light and creamy. Add
flour and buttermilk and beat 2 more minutes. In small mixing bowl
mix cocoa, soda, add hot water. Add to rest of batter. Pour into
three 8-inch round pans or one 9 x 12 x 2 loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for
about 40 minutes. Frost with Glossy Chocolate Frosting.

Glossy Chocolate Frosting:
2 c. sugar
6 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 c. water
1/4 to 1/2 c. cocoa or 4 sq. semi-sweet chocolate
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix sugar and cornstarch in 2-quart saucepan. Add water and
chocolate. Cook over medium flame until thickened. Note: Keep
close watch and stir almost constantly to insure smoothness. Remove
from heat and add butter and vanilla. Will frost 2 or 3 layer or 2
large loaf cake.

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