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Chocolate Shadow Cake


Chocolate cake with fluffy white frosting.

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fluffy White Frosting, below
  • Chocolate Shadow, below


Cream butter until light and fluffy. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into butter. Add 1 cup buttermilk and mix until all flour is moist. Beat 2 minutes at low speed of electric hand-held mixer. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla, and bean an additional 3 minutes. Pour into 2 buttered and floured round layer cake pans. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes.

Frost cake with Fluffy White Frosting then drizzle Chocolate Shadow over the frosting. allowing some of the chocolate mixture to run down the sides of the cake.

Fluffy White Frosting

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients except vanilla in the top of a double boiler over boiling water. Beat with electric mixer for about 7 minutes, or until mixture will stand in stiff peaks. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Chocolate Shadow

  • 2 squares (2 ounces) semisweet baking chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
Melt chocolate and shortening together; cool slightly then drizzle over frosted cake.


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