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Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

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Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Fluffy Chocolate Frosting:
1 cup cold milk
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Instructions

In a mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Beat on medium for 1 minute. Pour into a greased 13x 9x2-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. For frosting, in a mixing bowl, beat the milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Beat in whipped topping. Spread over cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Makes 12-15 servings. Can use vanilla pudding.

Sheila Schultz
Hillsdale, Il.



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