*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                        DARKEST CHOCOLATE CAKE EVER
 Recipe By     : 
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cakes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2 1/2   c            Sifted cake flour
    1       tb           Baking soda
      1/4   ts           Salt
    1       c            Butter or margarine
    2       c            Granulated sugar
    4                    Eggs
    1       c            Buttermilk
      3/4   c            Cocoa
    2       ts           Almond extract
                         Velvety Frosting
                         -(recipe below)
   Info:  from Peaceful Gatherings Cookbook, Bolton MA
   Federated Church, 1991
   Preheat  oven  to  375  degrees (F).  Grease and flour
   bundt cake pan. On waxed  paper, sift flour with
   baking soda and salt.  In large bowl with electric
   mixer at medium speed, cream butter with sugar at
   medium speed. Cream butter with sugar until fluffy,
   add eggs, one at a time, beating well after  each
   addition. Alternately beat in buttermilk and flour
   until all has been added.
   Stir  cocoa  into  2/3  cup boiling water until
   dissolved.  At low speed, beat  cocoa  mixture and
   almond extract into batter.  Pour batter into bundt
   pan.  Bake 60 to 70 minutes or until cake tester
   inserted into center comes out clean.  Cool cake 5
   minutes; invert on rack. Frost with Velvety Frosting
   and refrigerate.
   Velvety Frosting:
    In double boiler, melt one 6 ounce package semi-sweet
   chocolate pieces over hot, not boiling water; cool
   slightly.  In small bowl, mix 1/2 cup butter or
   margarine, softened, with two eggs.  Stir in chocolate
   until smooth and creamy.
   Note:  No sugar is used in this frosting recipe. Two
   layer cake: Prepare recipe as above, but bake in 2
   greased and floured 9-inch cake pans for 45 minutes;
   fill middle and frost only top of cake, not the sides.
                    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -