Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Delicious cake!

This post is long overdue. I started this in mid April and totally forgot about it. Oops!

I made a delicious cake for a co-worker's birthday in April. I was a little worried about how the icing turned out, but it was fine. Everyone loved it. It was so moist and extremely chocolatey. (Is that a word? I think it should be.) I know we did not get 18 servings out of it. It's way too good for that small of a piece!

I bought some Betty Crocker white chocolate icing to decorate the top of the cake. It was really simple to use. You just snip the tip, put the package in the microwave, and voila - a gorgeous cake!

Best-Ever Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake

Prep Time:10 min
Total Time:1 hr 30 min

Makes:18 servings, one slice each

1 pkg. (8 squares) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, divided
1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
4 eggs
1 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 tub (8 oz.) frozen COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
2 Tbsp. PLANTERS Sliced Almonds

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch round baking pans. Chop 2 of the chocolate squares; set aside. Beat cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and water in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened. Beat on medium speed 2 min. Stir in chopped chocolate. Spoon into prepared pans.

BAKE 30 to 35 min. or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 min. Loosen cakes from sides of pans. Invert onto racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.

PLACE frozen whipped topping and remaining 6 chocolate squares in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth, stirring after 1 min. Let stand 15 min. to thicken. Place one cake layer on serving plate; top with one-fourth of the chocolate mixture and second cake layer. Spread top and side with remaining chocolate mixture. Garnish with almonds. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

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