In a bowl make a paste of 4 Tablespoons of cocoa, 2 Tablespoons of hot coffee, and 1tsp. of red food coloring.(you can keep adding more food coloring to get the desired color of red you prefer.)
In another bowl, cream together 1/2 cup of shortening, and 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Next add 1 egg, 1 cup of buttermilk. Next sift together, 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp. of soda, and 3/4 tsp. of salt. Mix the dry ingedients to your wet mixing well but don't over beat. Add 1 tsp. of vanilla, Mix well. Next fold in the cocoa and food coloring mixture. Place in pans for a 2 layer cake. Bake at 350 degrees, until toothpick pushed in center, comes out clean. Sit on racks to cool.
Now make the icing: Place the room temperature 1 & 1/2 pkg. of cream cheese in a bowl, and 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, mix well. Next sift 1 bag of powdered sugar in a bowl along with a 1/4 of tsp. of salt. Add powdered sugar mixture to the cream cheese and butter mixture and mix well. Last add 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
Place first layer of cake on a plate. Place a large spoonful of icing on top, spreading over the entire cake, Place the next layer, repeat going around sides of cake until covered in icing!!!
Last...well...you get the ideal! LOL! And thats what's cooking on the farm!!!