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       Title: Great Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Shortcake Variation
  Categories: Cakes, Chocolate
       Yield: 8 servings
 MMMMM-------------------------BASIC CAKE------------------------------
       1 c  Ghirardelli Unsweetened
       2 c  Boiling water
       1 c  Melted butter
   2 1/2 c  Sugar
       4    Eggs
       2 ts Vanilla
   2 1/3 c  Unsifted cake flour
       2 ts Baking soda
     1/2 ts Baking powder
     1/2 ts Salt
            Additional- for Great
            -Strawberry Chocolate
       1 c  Heavy whipping cream
       2 tb Powdered sugar
     1/2 ts Vanilla
       2 oz Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet
   DIRECTIONS: Mix cocoa with boiling water, stirring with wire whip
   until smooth. Cool in refrigerator while preparing other ingredients.
   In large mixer bowl, beat butter with sugar, eggs, and vanilla on
   high speed 5 minutes. Sift flour with baking soda, baking powder and
   salt. On low speed, add dry ingredients alternately with cocoa and
   liquid, starting and ending with flour. (Do not overbeat.) Divide
   batter into 2 round pans (9 x 1 1/2") lined with buttered waxed
   paper. Bake at 350-F for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tests dry
   with a toothpick. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove cake and cool
   on racks. Use 1 layer of cake for Great Strawberry Chocolate
   Shortcake dessert. The second layer may be frozen for other great
   chocolate desserts- or the 2 layers may be frosted together.
   For shortcake: Whip cream with powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread
   over top of 1 layer of cake. Arrange fresh strawberries on top. Melt
   chocolate and drizzle over berries. Chill to firm chocolate. Makes 8
   Source: Recipes from Ghirardelli Chocolate Company of San Francisco
   From: Sallie Austin