Chocolate, chocolate and MORE CHOCOLATE!

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My husband is the ultimate CHOCOLATE CAKE LOVER! Seriously there is
nothing that pleases him more, than when I make chocolate cake. He has his old
stand-by cakes that he adores, but he loves  when I experiment with new cake
recipes using interesting fillings and new frosting. I love to make him happy, so
any new thing that comes along…I am game to try.  This is such a fun recipe.
It takes a little extra effort, but it is worth it. The hard chocolate covering
softens as it absorbs the moisture from the cake, so each slice is absolutely perfect!

Double Chocolate Covered Cake

Chocolate Cake:
2 c. sugar
1 ¾ c. flour
¾ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 eggs
1 c. milk
½ c. vegetable oil
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 c. boiling water

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking
powder, baking soda and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat for 2 minutes on
medium with electric mixer. Stir in boiling water. Pour batter equally into 2 round 9-inch
pans, sprayed with cooking spray.Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in
cakes come out clean. Remove quickly from hot pans; cover each cake with plastic wrap
to seal in moisture. Place in the freezer to chill.

Chocolate Covering:
2, 12 oz. bags semisweet chocolate chips
When cakes have completely cooled, melt chocolate chips in glass measuring cup. Microwave
chocolate chips, stirring every 20 seconds until completely melted. Place both cakes side by
side on a jelly roll pan and cover with warm melted chocolate, spreading with a knife to coat
evenly on all sides. Let chocolate set.

Center Frosting Filling:
¼ c. butter, softened
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 tsp. milk
1 ½ c. powdered sugar

In a mixing bowl, beat butter, milk, vanilla and powdered sugar for 3 minutes on high, until
light and fluffy. Place first chocolate covered cake layer on serving dish and top with Center
Frosting Filling (as pictured). Place second chocolate covered cake layer on top. The hard
chocolate covering will absorb moisture from the cake and will be easy to cut when ready to serve.

Excerpt From: Michelle Huxtable. “The Gathering of Friends Volume Seven, Entertaining with Simplicity

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