Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Triple Chocolate Cake

I just made the most wonderful chocolate cake. I am big on baking/cooking simply, which in my book, means to purchase food items that do not contain a lot of processing or preservatives. I enjoy making my own Alfredo, mac and cheese, cookie dough...and now....homemade cake and frosting! This is by far the most amazing cake I have tasted. (I made a little sample one for myself with the extra dough so I was able to sample it before I gave it away...not proud to say...but I had to talk myself into putting my fork down!)

It is called Chocolate Wasted Cake, but for a better name I now name it...Triple Chocolate Showdown! or Death By Chocolate Cake! Basically it is a chocolate batter, with chocolate chips in the cake, then chocolate frosting with chocolate chips on top!!! :o)

3 cups flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda 
1 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
1 cup butter, melted
4 tsp. honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips

4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
1/3-1/2 cup milk. Start by adding 1/3 and add more milk to get the consistency you desire
1 tsp. vanilla extract

To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease and dust two to three 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans with cocoa powder or flour. Set aside.

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, combine milk, butter, honey and vanilla extract. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the milk/butter mixture. Mix until combined.  Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pour in the batter into prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from oven and wait for about 10 minutes to remove from cake pans and place on a cooling rack.  Allow to cool completely before decorating.
To make the frosting:

In a large mixing bowl, sift together powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add the butter, milk and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer, slowly mix together at a low speed. Once all the ingredients are combined, increase the speed and beat till fluffy. 

To assemble the cake:

Place the first cake layer on a plate or cake circle.  Spread an even layer of frosting. Place the second cake layer on top of the frosting.  Cover the sides and top of the cake with frosting.  Cover the sides of the cake with semi-sweet chocolate chips and cover the top with assorted chocolate candies or chocolate chips.


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