2 & 1/2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate (2.5 blocks)
3/4 c. butter, softened
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 & 1/4 c. unbleached flour
1 & 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 & 1/3 c. water
Preheat oven to 350. Grease & flour two 9-inch round cake pans or one 13x9 inch rectangular pan.
Melt the chocolate in microwave. (Mine takes 2-3 minutes on High.) Cool slightly.
Cream butter, sugar & vanilla in large mixing bowl until light & fluffy. Add eggs & cooled chocolate; blend well. Mix flour & baking soda together in small bowl. Add dry ingredients alternately with water in two batches each.
Pour into prepared pan(s). Bake 35-40 minutes for round pans, 40-45 minutes for 13x9, or until center tests clean. Remove from oven, cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.
Remove 9 inch rounds from pans & cool completely. (Allow 13x9 to cool completely in pan before frosting.)
Frost with Fudge Frosting