Today I left the cake choice up to our middle son. He requested I make his favorite cake. We have to make some adjustments to the recipe to make it his favorite, like leave out the coconut and the nuts. Basically, it's chocolate, chocolate on chocolate. He LOVES chocolate, especially creamy milk chocolate. Here he is four years ago with his favorite cake.
|Rich Chocolate Layer Cake and Soccer Cupcakes|
Remember one of my favorite cookbooks from this week's German Chocolate Cake?
I will post the complete recipe as it is in the book, but note, we make it without the coconut and nuts in the frosting. Also, I made Baker Josef's (Trader Joe's) box frosting then added the sour cream and vanilla to it.
Rich Chocolate Layer Cake
1 box devil's food cake mix
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup mayonnaise
3 large eggs
1 cup water
2 16-ounce containers chocolate frosting
1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted
1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two cake pans, place a parchment paper circle in the bottom of each pan. Butter the parchment. Dust pans with flour. Set aside. Beat the cake mix, cocoa, mayo, eggs and water in a mixer on low speed until mixed, then increase speed to medium and beat for about 2 minutes.
Divide the batter equally between the prepared pans and spread evenly. Bake for about 35 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool pans on wire rack about 20 minutes. Use a knife to loosen edges and then invert cakes on wire rack. Let cool completely.
|Cooling on wire rack|
Whisk the frosting, sour cream and vanilla together in large bowl. Instead of container frosting this time we used Baker Josef's Chocolate box frosting. I just saw it at the store. I noticed Trader Joe's is expanding their baking section. Woo Hoo! Make it as directed, then add vanilla and sour cream
|Baker Josef's new addition at Trader Joe's|
Use a serrated knife, or if you have one of these cool kitchen gadgets, cut each cake layer in half.
|This is a GREAT tool for making cake layers!|
|Layer 1 done|