Now, this is a perfectly fine chocolate cake recipe, but a miracle shortcut it ain't. In fact the only shortcut I could see is that one need not wait for the butter to soften. Instead, the cold butter is "cut in" to the flour, similar to the method for making pie crust.
What I found most interesting -- and why I made this -- is the idea that even back in the day, housewives were searching out miracles, and shortcuts. I imagine that this baker had a true eureka moment when boxed cake mixes debuted.
If you want try for a miracle, instructions are below.
These days, I use a food processor to cut the fat into the flour. It makes short work of a tedious process, which is kind of a miracle right there.
Add the liquid ingredients all at once.
Next, add the melted chocolate.