This is a simple but wonderful cake! A yellow cake with a RICH chocolate fudge frosting (you'll want a glass of milk)!
2-1/3 cups self-rising flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup crisco oil
Mix all ingredients except vanilla. Once all other ingredients have been mixed together, mix in vanilla. Pour batter evenly into two 9inch round pans that have been buttered and floured. Bake at 325 degrees till done (about 30 minutes). Let rest in pans for 10-15 minutes and then remove to a wire tray for final cooling.
-Make sure you use butter on the pans (when baking any cake) to avoid sticking. Sprays or Crisco will not keep this cake from sticking.
-Lightly flour the pans after buttering them and dump the extra flour in the trash.
-Start checking the cakes around 20-25 minutes just to be safe. You want to take them out when they're lightly browned and NOT overdone as this cake dries out easily in the oven.
-If you don't have buttermilk, simply put 1 Tbsp. vinegar into a liquid measuring cup and fill with milk up to the 1 cup mark. Let sit for a couple of minutes, stir and add to batter.
4 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/3 cups milk
1 cup crisco oil
2 tsp. vanilla
Combine all ingredients except vanilla in a large saucepan. On medium heat, bring to a rolling boil. Using a candy thermometer, stir continuously till thermometer reaches "Soft Ball". Remove from heat and add vanilla. Beat 5 minutes or more till spreading consistency.
-I like to pour the frosting into my KitchenAid with the whisk attachment before adding the vanilla.
-You will want to frost FAST! This frosting sets incredibly fast.
-Two people (one to pour the frosting over the cake and the other to spread the frosting on the cake) make this process go much more smoothly.
The reason for the name "Dump Cake" is because this cake will either turn out beautifully or a crumbly, hard as a rock frosted cake! I've found that if you follow the tips that I've added, it tends to turn out looking better than not!