I've been making this recipe ever since I started baking, Mom used to make this cake, she got the recipe from Annie Beck, who lived down the road! It's the easiest recipe for chocolate cake, one bowl that makes a 9 x 9 pan - what's not to like?
Annie Beck's Chocolate Cake
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa
Combine the white sugar and shortening, then add other ingredients. After that is all mixed together, add 1 cup of boiling water.
Place in greased 9 x 9 pan, bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
I always make a white icing for this cake, a little margarine or butter, a little shortening, icing sugar, milk and almond flavoring. I also use ruddy red cocoa powder from the Bulk Barn, it is more expensive than regular cocoa but so much better! I don't buy anything else now but if you can't get that, any cocoa will do - the cake will still be good!!
Hey, this is Annie Beck, her recipe is still in circulation, after all these years.