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Chocolate Cake Mix

1 7/8 cups cake flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup vegetable shortening

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or orange extract
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Sift together flour, cocoa, soda, and salt; stir to blend; resift
with sugar. Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients until the
mixture looks crumbly. Label and store in a sealed plastic bag at
room temperature. Makes 1 package of mix. Each package makes two
8 or 9 inch layers or one 9 x 13 x 2 inch rectangle.

TO USE: Pour 1 package of mix into a mixing bowl; add 1 1/4 cups
milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla or orange extract. Using an electric
mixer, beat at a slow to medium speed for 2 minutes. Scrape the
sides of the bowl frequently. Add 2 eggs; beat 1 minute more.
Grease and dust with flour your choice of pan(s); spread batter
evenly in pans.

Bake round cake pans at 350 deg for about 30 minutes or until a
toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean; bake the 9 x 13
inch pan for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool cakes in their pans for 10 minutes before turning out onto

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES: Pour cake batter into greased cupcake tins or
tins lined with paper baking cups; fill 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake at
350 deg for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Makes about 2 dozen.


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