Basic Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Basic Chocolate Cake
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  • 4 (1 oz) unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Place chocolate in top of a double boiler, bring water to a boil. reduce heat to low, cook until chocolate melts.
  2. Cream shortening; gradually add sugar beating well at medium speed with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add chocolate mixing well.
  3. Combine four, baking powder, soda and salt, add to chocolate mixture alternately with buttermilk, begin and end with flour.Mix after each addition. Add water, nixing well. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans. bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until wooed pick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes, remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 292.14 Kcal (1223 kJ)
Calories from fat 171.24 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.03g 29%
Cholesterol 38.62mg 13%
Sodium 371.68mg 15%
Potassium 217.29mg 5%
Total Carbs 32.51g 11%
Sugars 27.21g 109%
Dietary Fiber 2.27g 9%
Protein 3.4g 7%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 50.2mg 5%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 285.41 Kcal (1195 kJ)
Calories from fat 167.3 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.59g 29%
Cholesterol 37.73mg 13%
Sodium 363.13mg 15%
Potassium 212.29mg 5%
Total Carbs 31.76g 11%
Sugars 26.59g 109%
Dietary Fiber 2.22g 9%
Protein 3.32g 7%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 49mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 7
  • 9

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

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