This is the most amazing chocolate cake in the history of the world and anyone who eats it will never forget it as long as they live.
1 ½ cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup shortening or butter
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1 cup milk
1 recipe Fudgy Frosting (see below)
Heat oven to 350 & grease/flour two 9-inch pans. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, & salt. In another bowl beat shortening and sugar till combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla till combined. Beat in melted chocolate and sour cream. Alternately add flour and milk; beat on low after each addition just until combined. Spread batter in prepared pans and bake 25 minutes or until tops spring back with lightly touched. Cool in pans (I stick them in the fridge or freezer to get them to cool faster because you cannot frost a warm cake! Crumb disaster).
In large pan over low heat melt and stir one 12-oz package of semisweet chocolate chips and ½ cup butter. Cool 10 minutes and then stir in 1 cup sour cream. Stir in 4 ½ cups (1 lb) powdered sugar till smooth.