Empress Chocolate Cake
cream of tartar
Heat oven to 350-F.
Into large mixer bowl, sift flour with ground chocolate, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
Add shortening and ¾ cup buttermilk.
Beat on low speed to combine ingredients.
Beat on medium low speed for 2 minutes.
Add remaining ¼ cup buttermilk, eggs and vanilla.
Beat additional 2 minutes.
Line two 8 by 1½ inch round cake pans with waxed paper.
Spread batter into pans.
Bake at 350℉ (180℃) for 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool on racks 10 minutes; remove layers from pans.
After completely cooled, frost with Empress Frosting.