"I have long believed that good food, good eating is all about risk. Whether we're talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime 'associates,' food, for me, has always been an adventure."--Anthony Bourdain
Cake: 2 sticks butter 1/2 c shortening 3 c sugar 3 c all-purpose flour 1 t vanilla 1/2 t baking powder 1/4 c milk 1/4 c sour cream 1/2 c cocoa 5 eggs 1/2 t salt
Optional Frosting: 1 c confectioners sugar 1 T cocoa 2 T milk 1 T butter
Preheat oven to 325. Cream butter, shortening, and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Beat for 1 minute after each egg. Sift dry ingredients 3 times. Add alternately with flour, milk and sour cream. Add vanilla and beat 1 minute. Pour into greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour. Turn oven down to 300 and bake for 15 minutes longer. Cool 1 hour in pan before removing.
Frosting: Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute. Beat until creamy and frosting begins to thicken. Pour over cake and sprinkle with nuts.
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