Ollo's Chocolate Cake

Butter a square,8 by 8 inch pan; or two round 8 inch pans. Set the oven at 325°F



2 ounces chocolate
hot coffee
Put the chocolate in a 1-cup measure. Fill the cup with hot coffee. Let stand until the chocolate is soft.
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening or oil
1 tsp vanilla
Beat the egg until light.
Beat in the sugar 1 Tbsp at a time. Then beat in the shortening or oil and the vanilla.
Pour off the coffee into another cup and add the softened chocolate to the egg mixture.
1-1/3 cups cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Sift the dry ingredients together.
Add the flour mixture and the coffee to the egg mixture in five separate additions (flour .. coffee .. flour .. coffee .. flour).
Spread the cake batter in the pan. Bake for 25 minutes.
Allow to cool before frosting with your favourite frosting.
This was my kids' favourite birthday cake.
Serves 8 from The Fannie Merritt Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook, Tenth Edition, Little, Brown and Company