2/3 c. cocoa 2 c. boiling water 2/3 c. shortening 2 c. sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs 2 2/3 c. flour 2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt
Combine cocoa and boiling water. Let cool. Combine other ingredients; add cocoa mixture. Beat until smooth. Bake in a 9x13 inch pan at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before icing.
2 tbsp. butter 2 c. powdered sugar 1 tbsp. milk 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Beat ingredients together until light and creamy. Add a little more milk, if necessary, to make it of spreading consistency, or if too thin, add more sugar.
FOR FLAG CAKE: Remove 1/2 cup icing and tint with a drop of red food coloring to make red strips across cake. Use blue paper stars in upper left corner.