1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
1 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon hot water
4 teaspoons instant coffee
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
2 - 3 teaspoons instant coffee



Melt shortening and butter over low heat or in the microwave.

Remove from heat and add cocoa, blend well.

Add sugar and mix well.

Dissolve instant coffee in hot water and mix into creamed mixture.

Add eggs one at a time, beat well, by hand, after each addition.

Stir in vanilla, flour, and salt.

Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes.

Cool completely before frosting.

For frosting, cream butter and vanilla.

Add powdered sugar and mix in well on medium speed.

Dissolve instant coffee in milk and add to mixture.

Beat on high until light and fluffy.