Mud Cake with Mock Whipped Cream
(Sara Elliott)

3 cups flour, sifted
6 tablespoons cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups cold water

Mock Whipped Cream Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup CriscoŽ vegetable shortening
1 cup white granulated sugar
3 tablespoons flour
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cake:  Put sifted flour back into sifter, add cocoa, baking soda, sugar, and salt and sift into greased pan (9x13-inch).  Make three holes in flour mixture and add oil, vinegar, and vanilla.  Pour cold water over all, stir with spoon until smooth.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool cake and then frost.  Frosting:  Whip butter and shortening with electric mixer until fluffy.  Gradually whip in sugar, and then flour, milk, and vanilla until thoroughly mixed.