Into an ungreased 8X8 sift together:

1-1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

3 TBL cocoa (1 hersey's)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder ( if you keep powder in freezer, it lasts longer)

Make 3 holes in the dry ingredients; in put 1 tsp vanilla (extract, not flavoring), in another put 1 tbl vinegar and in another put 5 tbl melted shortening OR vegetable oil.

Over all put 1 cup coffee (cold) OR 1 cup warm water. Mix well. Use a fork flat in pan to mix and get in all the corners - mixing well is key to this recipe!

Bake in 375 oven for 20-25 minutes. Time may vary according to individual ovens. Test that cake is done when using cake tester or toothpick stuck in middle if it comes out clean.


1 box confectioners sugar

1 stick real butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

½ and ½ - drip into bowl until consistency is correct to frost cake

Place softened butter into medium mixing bowl , add sugar on top.

Gently mix together with wooden spoon and then add the vanilla.

With hand mixer on slow, at first, mix all together and drip in ½ and ½ as needed to bring mixture to spreading consistency. Enjoy!

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