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Friday, March 9, 2012

Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

This dessert is a family favorite, but just what makes it the "best ever?" It's the combination of coffee and chocolate. Try this recipe out for yourself and experience the rich chocolate flavor that makes this cake irresistible!

Photo by: kraft

2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 cups of all granulated sugar
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of cold black coffee
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 large eggs

1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of softened butter
1/2 cup of light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup of warm water
4 cups of confectioners' sugar
1 cup of chopped walnuts, peanuts or cashews, divided

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit . Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
2 Beat in the shortening with an electric mixer on low speed. Beat in milk, coffee and vanilla until combined. Increase speed to high and beat for 2 minutes. Add the eggs; and beat for another 2 minutes.
3 Pour the batter into the prepared pans; smooth with a spatula. Bake the cakes in the middle of the oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool the cakes in the pans for 5 minutes then turn the cakes onto wire racks to cool completely.
4 For the frosting, combine the cocoa powder, butter, corn syrup, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the warm water; mix well. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar in two batches. Beat until smooth.
5 Place one layer top side down on a large, flat plate. Spread with 1 cup of the frosting; sprinkle with 2/3 cup walnuts, peanuts, or cashews. Top with the remaining cake layer, top side up. Frost the top and sides with the remaining frosting, swirling with a small spatula. Garnish the cake with the remaining walnuts, peanuts or cashews.
6 You are now ready to serve and enjoy, this cake will feed approximately 12 people.

I hope everyone enjoys this recipe as much as I did. Try it out for yourself and let me know what you thinks!

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