This is a small chocolate cake with a fine texture. The recipe is one Gramma Kath has used for many years. She originally found it in an advertisement for "Aunt Jenny" brand shortening, so the name isn't a reference to a real person. The frosting is even better than the cake. Both recipes double well, if you want a larger chocolate cake or if you want to frost another kind of cake.


8 inch square pan, greased and floured

350E 35-45 minutes


2 ounces chocolate, cut up or: 1/2 cup boiling water
6 Tablespoons cocoa
2 Tablespoons shortening
1/2 cup boiling water

Combine water and chocolate or cocoa in mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Cool.

1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sifted flour

Sift together and add to chocolate mixture with:

1/4 cup shortening.

Beat 200 strokes. Add:

1/4 cup milk + 1/2 tablespoon vinegar

1 egg, unbeaten

1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Beat 100 more strokes. Bake in a greased and floured 8 inch square pan, at 350E for 35-45 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cool before frosting.

Frost with Aunt Jenny Fudge Frosting or Peanut Butter Fudge Frosting.

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