Mix sugar, shortening, eggs, milk, water and vanilla. Then sift together flour, baking powder, soda and cocoa.
Gradually add dry ingredients to the first mixture, beating constantly until well mixed. Drop by tablespoon on engrossed cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. Cool before icing.
2 1/2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cook flour and milk together over low heat. Stir continuously with wooden spoon until thick like paste. Remove from heat and cool. Cream oleo, shortening, vanilla, and salt with flour mixture.
Beat in enough powdered sugar (3 to 4 cups) to make mixture thick enough to spread. Put icing between gob cakes and wrap with plastic wrap.