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FamilyTime's Favorite Chocolate Cake
This chocolate cake will tantalize even the most discerning chocoholic's tastebuds!
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Serves: 8 to 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 to 45 minutes
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1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup boiling water
a pinch of instant coffee powder, dissolved in a tablespoon of water
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease two 8-inch round cake pans.
Cream the shortening and sugar together thoroughly.
Beat the eggs well and add them to the sugar and shortening mixture.
Dissolve the cocoa, boiling water and coffee together. Add this cocoa mixture to the mixture in step 4.
Mix together the flour, salt and baking soda.
Mix together the milk and vanilla.
Add some of the flour mixture, then some of the milk mixture, to the egg mixture. Continue alternating flour and milk mixtures until done.
Divide equally between the two cake pans.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Frost with your favorite icing.

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