this chocolate cake recipe is moist, my customers love it. Chocolatetown Special Cake
½ cup Cocoa Powder
½ cup boiling water
2/3 cup shortening
1 ¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ cup flour
½ teaspoons baking soda
1 1/3 cups buttermilk or sour milk
(to sour milk, use 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 1/3 cup)
Heat oven to 350. In a small bowl stir together boiling water and cocoa powder and set aside. In large mixer bowl, beat shortening, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to shortening mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Blend in cocoa powder mixture, beat well.
For a simple raspberry filling, take a bag of frozen raspberries and put them in a pot with a cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Let that simmer and add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to thicken it.