For this Memorial Day, bake a party cake to match the flag-flying holiday - a Red, White and Blue Chocolate Cake.

A moist homemade chocolate cake could turn out to be the hit of the Memorial Day parade and have family and friends marching back for more. This one will add patriotic color to holiday menus, whether you're packing a picnic or hosting a barbecue.The cake's reddish tint comes from red food coloring added to the cake batter. Top the easy-to-make dessert with some instant, ready-to-spread vanilla frosting and fresh summer blueberries.

The cake gets its chocolate flavor from unsweetened cocoa powder. Unsweetened cocoa blends easily with other dry ingredients, which makes the cake quick to prepare.


1/2 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons red food color

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 can (1 pound) ready to-spread vanilla frosting

Fresh blueberries

Heat oven to 350 degree. Grease and flour a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking pan.

Beat shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until creamy. Stir together buttermilk and food color. Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; add alternately with buttermilk mixture to shortening mixture, mixing well. Stir baking soda into vinegar (mixture will foam); immediately add to batter, stirring until well blended. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Frost. Garnish with blueberries.

Makes about 15 servings.

- Nutritional information per serving (1/15 of recipe): 350 cal., 4 g pro., 55 g carbo., 13 g fat, 25 mg chol., 560 mg sodium.

- Recipe from Hershey's Cocoa.