Pour boiling water over chocolate; stir over low heat until
smooth and thick; cool.
Sift flour, soda, baking powder and salt together.
Cream shortening with sugar until fluffy.
Add eggs and beat thoroughly.
Blend in chocolate and vanilla.
Add sifted dry ingredients and milk alternately in small
amounts, beating well after each addition.
Pour into greased pans and bake in a 35 degree oven for 3
Makes 3 (8 inch) layers.