1/2 cup shortening or 1 stick regular softened margarine (do not use reduced fat margarine)
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbsp water
2 heaping tbsp cocoa
4 tsp red food coloring
2 1/4 cups unsifted cake fluor
1 tsp salt
1 cup low fat (1 percent milk fat) buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp baking soda
In large bowl of mixer cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs. Mix until very, very light and fluffy. Mix water, cocoa and food coloring. (Mixture will be stiff)
Add to creamed mixture, mixing wel until dissolved. Sift togethr fluor and salt. Add buttermilk alternately with fluor to cocoa mixture. Scrape down sides of bowl frequently. Add vanilla. Remove mixer beaters. Place vinegar in a cup. Add baking soda (it will foam)
When foaming subsides stir to dissolve soda. Scrape all of mixture with rubber spatula into batter, folding gently by hand into batter. Do not beat.
Grease and fluor two 8-inch cake pans. Spoon batter into pans. Bake on center shell of preheated 350-degree oven 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Turn out on racks to cool completely. Split each layer horizontally for a four-layer cake.
Spread each layer and top of cake with "Much more than plain Vanilla filling and frosting".
Makes one four layer cake.
Much More than Plain Vanilla Filling and Frosting
5 tbsp fluor
1 cup low-fat (2 percent milkfat) milk
1 cup sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened (do not use margarine)
1 tsp vanilla
Place fluor in small saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to boil, whisking constantly, until smooth and thick. Set pan in another pan of ice water to cool. refrigerate, covered, until very cold. In small mixer bowl cream together sugar, butter and vanilla until very fluffy.
Scrape down sides of bowl. When you think it has been beaten enough, beat it some more. The sugar must lose its graininess. Add cold milk mixture. Mix until smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl frequently. Use immediately or refrigerate, covered. Frosting stays soft and spreadable even after it's refrigerated vernight or longer. It also freezes nicely.