Cream the Crisco and sugar, add vanilla and eggs on a slow mixing speed. Sift the dry ingredients together, and add to wet ingredients slowly, while alternating with the water/soy milk mixture on a slow mixing speed. Pour mixture into Crisco-greased cake pans that have been floured. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool before icing.
Combine the Crisco, powdered sugar and cocoa in mixing bowl and mix on a medium speed. Once well blended, add hot water a little at a time until you achieve desired consistency. Be careful not to add too much or you will have to compensate by adding more sugar.