The Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Three Layer Cake

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READY IN: 1hr 50mins
SERVES: 12-16
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • For cake: Combine water and chocolate in small saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate melts.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Beat 2/3 cup shortening until creamy; gradually add 1 3/4 cups sugar, beating well and scrapping down edges of bowl.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Sift 2 1/2 cups flour, soda, and 1/2 tsp salt; add to cake batter, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Add cooled chocolate mixture and 1 tsp vanilla; mix just until blended.
  • Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch layer pans.
  • Bake at 350* for 17-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans on wire wracks for 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wracks.
  • For filling: Place 1/4 cup flour in small saucepan; gradually stir in milk.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick.
  • Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  • Beat butter and 1/2 cup shortening until creamy; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well.
  • Add 1 Tbsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, and milk mixture; beat until smooth.
  • Spread filling between cake layers.
  • For frosting: Combine 3 cups sugar, 3/4 cup milk, 3/4 cup butter, 3 ounces chocolate in a medium saucepan.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate melts.
  • Cook over medium heat until mixture boils; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Beat at high speed of electric mixer until frosting is of spreading consistency.
  • Immediately spread on cake.
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings.
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