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Original Brooklyn Blackout Cake

New Yorkers love to argue as to who can make the best "Blackout Cake." Here is a recipe that will surely qualify for one of the best.

Cake Ingredients

8 tablespoons (I stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-process
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 cup milk

Custard Ingredients

3 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 1/2 cups cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process
Scant 2/3 cup cornstarch
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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