Melt 1 c. sugar in heavy skillet over low heat, stirring constantly. Heat until melted to a golden brown syrup, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add boiling water & stir over low heat until lumps are dissolved. Pour into measuring cup ¼ c. of caramel mixture & add enough cold water to make 1 c. of liquid.
Cream together the softened shortening & remaining sugar until fluffy. Beat in thoroughly eggs. Sift together the flour, baking powder, & 1 tsp. salt. Stir in alternately with caramel mixture. Pour into two 9" layer pans or 13"x9" oblong pan & bake 35 minutes in preheated 350°F oven.
Heat together remaining caramel mixture, cream, & butter to make the burnt sugar frosting. Beat in the powdered sugar, salt, & vanilla extract.
16 oz container of cake frosting (your choice of flavor)
12 oz bag of chocolate chips
The great thing about this recipe is the possibilities are endless.
You decide what flavors would go well together, then you melt the chips over medium heat.
Remove from heat & stir in the frosting.
Pour into a container (8″x8″ makes for a thickness of about an inch, which seems reasonable for fudge) & chill in the fridge until set.
Chef’s Note: You would think that with how simple this is, it would taste “cheap” or not “real” but let me tell you – it’s INCREDIBLE. So far I’ve tried Butterscotch (chips) & Dark Chocolate Fudge (frosting), & also I’ve done White Chocolate (chips) & Strawberry (frosting). Both were divine, & taste every bit as rich & decadent as a much more complicated recipe or something that would cost $10 a pound at a gourmet shoppe. Enjoy!