I married into a family of great cooks and one being my husbands Grandmother. She was only about 4' tall, don't know how she reached the counters. This cake was her legand. I have never successfully made it like "Grandmother" and probably never will. Grandmother has passed and her cake has only appeared one time since. My husbands sister n law can master Grandmother's cake. I will keep trying. One day maybe I can come close to bringing back her legand.
1Crean shortening with sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time to the sugar mixture beating thoroughly after each is added. Add chocolate to the sugar/egg mixture and mix well. Stir in Vanilla. Add flour along with the bananas and buttermilk. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes for 2 8" round cake pans.
2Creamy Mocha Frosting
1/2 cups margarine
1/3 cups cocoa
4 cups sifted XXX sugar
1/3 cups strong HOT coffee
dash of salt
Cream margarine, add 2 cups XXX sugar and salt. Blend cocoa and coffee together. Add to the margarine mixture. Beat Well. Add remainder of XXX sugar and beat until fluffy.