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                          MILE-HIGH CHOCOLATE CAKE
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 Serving Size  : 16   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Chocolate                        Cakes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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      1/2   c            Cocoa -- Baking
      1/2   c             -- Hot Water
    2       ts           Baking Soda
      1/2   c            Vegetable Shortening
    2       c            Sugar
    2       ea           Eggs -- Large
    2       ts           Vanilla Extract
    2 1/2   c            Flour -- Unbleached, Sifted
    1       c            Buttermilk
                         -----COCOA FROSTING-----
      1/2   c            Butter Or Regular Margarine
    1       oz           Baking Chocolate
    1       lb           Confectioners' Sugar -- Sifted
    1       ea           Egg White -- Large
    1       t            Vanilla Extract
    1       t            Lemon Juice
    3       tb           Milk
   Combine cocoa, hot water and baking soda in a small
   bowl.  Let stand while mixing other ingredients.
   Cream the shoretening and sugar together in a mixing
   bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium speed,
   until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time,
   beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla and
   cocoa mixture.  Add flour alternately with the
   buttermilk to creamed mixture beating well after each
   addition.  Pour batter into 3 greased and wax paper
   lined 8-inch round cake pans.  Bake in a preheated 350
   degree F. oven for 25 minutes or until cakes test
   done.  Cool in pans on racks for 10 minutes.  Remove
   from pans; cool completely on racks. To assemble cake,
   place one cake layer on serving plate.  Spread with
   Cocoa Icing.  Top with second cake layer and spread a
   layer of frosting. Top with third cake layer and frost
   sides and top with remaining frosting. COCOA ICING:
   Combine butter, and chocolate in the top of a double
   boiler.  Place over hot water; stir until melted.
   Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. Sift
   confectioners' sugar into a large mixing bowl.  Make a
   well in the center and add egg white, vanila, and
   lemon juice.  Pour in the chocolate mixture.  Blend
   until smooth, using an electric mixer set at medium
   speed. Add milk to make frosting of a spreading
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