Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Another dessert!

Remember when I said I didn't mind heavy chocolately desserts? Well, here you go!!
I put the title in quotes because that's what the cake is actually called... I don't want to be sued if you don't think it's the "best ever."

"Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake"

1 pkg (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
1 pkg (4-serving size) Jello Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
4 eggs
1 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of water
1 pkg (8 squares) Baker's Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, divided
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed
2 Tbsp Almonds, chopped and toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 9-inch round cake pans.
Beat cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil, and water in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping side of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 min or until well blended. Stir in 2 squares of chocolate, chopped. Spoon into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 min on wire rack. Loosen cakes from side of pans with spatula or knife. Invert cakes onto racks; gently remove pans. Cool completely on wire rack.

Place remaining 6 squares of chocolate and Cool Whip in medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on High 1 1/2 to 2 min. Stir until well blended and shiny. Cool 5 minutes. Place 1 cake layer on serving plate; spread 1/4 of the chocolate mixture over cake. Place second cake layer on top; spread remaining chocolate mixture over top and sides of cake. Garnish with almonds.

Recipe from Kraft Food and Family

This is a great cake. however... it is a mess to make. The cake batter is really thick, making it really hard to get off the beaters. (Hence, it was soon all over my kitchen) The icing eventually becomes this nice ganache, stiff covering, but while you're putting it on, it's a drippy mess. Mine looked like the picture below... if you add lots of chocolate all over the plate! It was really yummy, and that's all that matters, right?
Make the cake... just be prepared to have chocolate all over your kitchen in the process! Or maybe that's just me... Let's just say it would have made a pretty entertaining cooking show.

PS I didn't use almonds... but they're sure pretty in the picture!

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