** Or use 1/2 cup vegetable shortening and 1 cup milk.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Microwave chocolate, 1/2 cup of the sugar and water in large microwavable
bowl on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring halfway
through heating time. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool to lukewarm.
Mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
Beat butter and remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar in large bowl with electric mixer
on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition until smooth.
Stir in chocolate mixture and vanilla extract.
Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans.
Cool completely on wire racks. Frost as desired.
Posted by CookinMom at Recipe Goldmine May 2, 2001.