ºSift together the flour, cocoa, soda and salt. Cream together the sugar, mayonnaise, water and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture; stir until well blended. Pour batter into greased and floured layer cake pans (or a 9- x 13-inch pan). Bake at 350°F. for about 25 minutes.
Buy some fluffy cream icing in the can, OR, make it yourself.
BUTTERCREAM ICING INGREDIENTS
1 cup of vegetable shortening
1 lb of powdered sugar
4 to 6 tbsp water
2 tsp of butter flavoring or vanilla extract
To make the butter cream icing, slowly cream the vegetable shortening and powdered sugar together. As the shortening and sugar start blending, slowly add flavoring and 4 tbsp of water. Mix on medium speed until the icing is smooth and creamy. If a thinner consistency is desired, simply add the remaining 2 tbsp of water.
When the cake is finished baking, allow to cool for 15 or 20 minutes before icing the cake with butter cream.