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          Great Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Shortcake Variation
 Recipe By     : <jopete@atlas.odyssee.net>
 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cakes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         BASIC CAKE:
    1      c             Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa
    2      c             Boiling water
    1      c             Melted butter
    2 1/2  c             Sugar
    4      lg            Eggs
    2      ts            Vanilla
    2 1/3  c             Unsifted cake flour
    2      ts            Baking soda
      1/2  ts            Baking powder
      1/2  ts            Salt
                         Additional- for Great
                         Strawberry Chocolate
    1      c             Heavy whipping cream
    2      tb            Powdered sugar
      1/2  ts            Vanilla
    2      oz            Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate
   Mix cocoa with boiling water, stirring with wire whip until smooth. Cool in
   refrigerator while preparing other ingredients. In large mixer bowl, beat
   butter with sugar, eggs, and vanilla on high speed 5 minutes. Sift flour
   with baking soda, baking powder and salt. On low speed, add dry ingredients
   alternately with cocoa and liquid, starting and ending with flour. (Do not
   overbeat.) Divide batter into 2 round pans (9 x 1 1/2") lined with buttered
   waxed paper. Bake at 350'F for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tests dry
   with a toothpick. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove cake and cool on
   racks. Use 1 layer of cake for Great Strawberry Chocolate Shortcake
   dessert. The second layer may be frozen for other great chocolate desserts-
   or the 2 layers may be frosted together. For shortcake: Whip cream with
   powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread over top of 1 layer of cake. Arrange
   fresh strawberries on top. Melt chocolate and drizzle over berries. Chill
   to firm chocolate. Makes 8 servings. Source: Recipes from Ghirardelli
   Chocolate Company of San Francisco From: Sallie Austin
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