Chocolate Layer Cake
- 2 squares (ounces) unsweetened chocolate
- 1 2/3 cups sifted flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup beer
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8-inch layer-cake pans and dust lightly with flour. Melt the chocolate over hot water. Cool. Sift together the flour salt. baking powder and soda.
Cream the shortening, gradually adding the sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the chocolate. Add the flour mixture alternately with the beer, mixing until well blended. Turn into the pans. Bake 25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pans and then turn out onto a cake rack. Let cool completely before frosting. Put layers together with whipped cream or butter frosting.