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Spiced Chocolate Applesauce Cake

2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 cup baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup applesauce
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup boiling water

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted

Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, set aside.
Cream together the shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl until
light and fluffy, using an electric mixer at medium speed. Add
eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in
vanilla and applesauce. Add dry ingredients alternately with
buttermilk to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
Beat in boiling water. (Batter should be thick.) Pour batter into
greased and waxed paper-lined 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake in
preheated 350 degree F. oven for 1 hour or until cake tests done.
Cool 10 minutes in pan on rack. Remove from pan, cool on rack.
When cake is cooled, spread with Chocolate Fluff Frosting. Cut in

Melt chocolate over hot water. Cool to room temperature. Blend
together confectioners' sugar, butter, melted chocolate and vanilla
in a bowl and beat until smooth. In another bowl, beat egg whites
until soft peaks form, using an electric mixer at high speed.
Gradually beat in 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar, 2 Tbsp at a
time, until egg white mixture is glossy and stiff. Fold in chocolate
mixture into the beaten egg whites.


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