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    Hubby's aunt made this most amazing chocolate cake one summer during a family outting. I asked her for the recipe and she was reluctant to share but then said it is a Taste of Home recipe. It took some digging around but I found it. She made her's with peanut butter chocolate frosting. I have yet to find that recipe - LOL

    Cupid's Chocolate Cake

    1 cup butter or margarine, softened
    2 1/2 cups sugar
    4 eggs
    2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
    2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 cup baking cocoa
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 cups water
    1 cup whipping cream
    1/4 cup confectioners sugar
    4 cups buttercream frosting of your choice

    In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla.

    Combine dry ingredients; add to the creamed mixture alternately with water.

    Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

    For filling, in a mixing bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Beat in confectioners sugar and remaining vanilla.

    Place bottom cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of the filling. Repeat. Place top layer on cake; frost top and sides of cake with buttercream frosting. Store in the refrigerator.