1Sift flour, baking powder and salt onto wax paper.
2Beat sugar, shortening, egg yolks and vanilla in large bowl of electric mixer at high speed, 3 minutes, or until creamy smooth.
3Turn mixer speed to low.
4Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition, just until batter is smooth.
5Pour batter into two greased and floured 9 inch layer cake pans, dividing evenly.
6Bake in moderate oven 350 degrees, for 30 minutes or until centers spring back when lightly pressed with fingertip.
7Cool layers in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.
8Loosen around the edges with a knife and turn out onto wire racks; cool completely.
9Put layers together and frost with rich fudge frosting.
10FROSTING: Melt butter with cocoa in a large saucepan over low heat stirring often, until mixture is smooth.
12Beat in confectioner's sugar, salt and brandy until smooth with electric mixer at high speed.
13TIP: If mixture becomes too thick while frosting cake, add a few drops hot water and beat.
Originally Posted: Wed, Sep 29, 2010