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Deluxe Old-fashioned Chocolate Cake

3 oz. baking chocolate
1/3 c. water
3/4 c. butter or margarine
2 1/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. unsifted cake flour or 2 c. sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. water


Tip: If using all-purpose flour, be sure to sift it for a smooth texture. Bake at 350 degrees; 2 (8 inch) layer pans, 35-40 minutes; 2 (8 or 9 inch) square pans, 30-35 minutes; 2 (9 inch) layer pans, 30-35 minutes. Break chocolate into pieces; place in small saucepan with 1/3 cup water. Stir constantly over low heat until melted. Cool. Cream butter or margarine and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Blend in chocolate. Combine flour, soda, salt; add alternately with 1 cup water on low speed. Beat just until well blended. Pour into greased and floured pans. Frost as desired.


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