No one really knows who in the family to attribute this one to, but the general consensus says it goes back to Ryan's Grandma Doris. According to her husband Grampa Lynn, "Gramps" as we all call him, this cake has to be eaten in a bowl with milk poured on top of it like cereal. Maybe it's because it used to be made too dry, or perhaps it's because back in the day nobody wanted to be wasteful and dirty a glass for milk, but what ever the reason, to this day in our family, if it's served and there ain't a big jug of milk brought out with it, people start to grumble. It's become the standard, defacto birthday cake in the Jaffe family.
Mix 2 tsp. baking soda into 1 cup of boiling water (set aside for later)
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups shortening
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
3 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp. salt
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk. Lastly add the soda water. Lightly grease and flour the insides of three round 9 inch diameter cake pans. Divide the batter equally between the three cake pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool and remove to cooling rack covered in wax paper.
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 squares semi-sweet bakers chocolate
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
In a sauce pan over low to medium heat, stir till boiling. Boil for 1 minute. Let cool then beat till creamy, firm enough to hold peaks.
Frost a layer at a time then frost the outside edge and top of the cake.
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