2 c. all-purpose flour
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/3 c. water
1/2 c. shortening
1 tsp. Vanilla
3 squares (3 oz.) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
In a bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add water, shortening, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed till combined. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and melted chocolate; beat 2 minutes more.
Pour batter into 2 greased 9x1 1/2 - inch round baking pans. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean.
Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from the pans. Cool thoroughly on wire racks.
Tip: Make this a Black Forest Cake. Fill the middle with cherry pie filling and frost with fudge frosting! Yum!