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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 308 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 228mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in mashed potatoes and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 9-in. square baking pan; sprinkle with walnuts. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely. Dust with confectioner's sugar. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake in Reminisce Extra November 2011, p73


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