MMMMM----- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.02
       Title: Mile-High Chocolate Cake
  Categories: Chocolate, Cakes, Desserts
       Yield: 16 servings
     1/2 c  Cocoa; Baking
       2 ts Baking Soda
       2 c  Sugar
       2 ts Vanilla Extract
       1 c  Buttermilk
     1/2 c  ;Hot Water
     1/2 c  Vegetable Shortening
       2    Eggs; Large
   2 1/2 c  Flour; Unbleached, Sifted
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     1/2 c  Butter Or Regular Margarine
       1 lb Confectioners' Sugar; Sifted
       1 ts Vanilla Extract
       3 tb Milk
       1 oz Baking Chocolate
       1    Egg White; Large
       1 ts Lemon Juice
   Combine cocoa, hot water and baking soda in a small bowl.  Let stand
   while mixing other ingredients.  Cream the shoretening and sugar
   together in a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium
   speed, until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well
   after each addition.  Beat in vanilla and cocoa mixture.  Add flour
   alternately with the buttermilk to creamed mixture beating well after
   each addition.  Pour batter into 3 greased and wax paper lined 8-inch
   round cake pans.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 25
   minutes or until cakes test done.  Cool in pans on racks for 10
   minutes.  Remove from pans; cool completely on racks. To assemble
   cake, place one cake layer on serving plate.  Spread with Cocoa
   Icing.  Top with second cake layer and spread a layer of frosting.
   Top with third cake layer and frost sides and top with remaining
   frosting. COCOA ICING: Combine butter, and chocolate in the top of a
   double boiler. Place over hot water; stir until melted. Remove from
   heat; cool to room temperature. Sift confectioners' sugar into a
   large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add egg white,
   vanila, and lemon juice. Pour in the chocolate mixture. Blend until
   smooth, using an electric mixer set at medium speed. Add milk to make
   frosting of a spreading consistency.