After years (I added it to my box in 2003), this is still my favorite cake ever. It comes out perfect everytime and is almost too rich even for frosting. I often just put some powedered sugar on it or ice it with raspberry preserves instead of frosting. I usually make it as is unless I am out of cocoa powder... it comes out great with four squares of melted unsweetened baking chocolate. I always use shortening -- made it with butter before but it isnt the same melt-in-your-mouth texture -- try butter flavor shortening if that is your thing. Everyone I make it for is in love with it. Some hints... make sure you acutally boil the shortening in the water and add it to the dry mix -- no cheating! And use a spoon, not a mixer. I also sometimes add cinnamon to it for a spicier taste. Good luck!
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After years (I added it to my box in 2003), this is still my favorite cake ever. It comes out...