1 teaspoon plus 1 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup bleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 recipe Chocolate Icing (recipe follows)
1 pound confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup boiling water
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