January 27, 2012

Chocolate Cake Day: Chocolate Wasted Cake

It’s National Chocolate Cake Day.  This pretty much sounds like the best holiday ever.  I mean, come on.  It’s an excuse to bake and eat an entire some chocolate cake.

Chocolate Wasted Cake 2

I spent last night making this cake for you.  Can I just tell you how hard it is to keep a two year old calm and collected when there’s chocolate cake, candy bars, and chocolate chips floating around the counter.  A few samples here and there helped a lot.  I figured if I was going to make chocolate cake I would go all out.  Your basic chocolate cake wasn’t going to cut it for me today.  I want you all to die and go to chocolate heaven.  I think this pretty much covers it.  

 

Chocolate Wasted Cake 4

 

I have to tell you, the cake itself is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had.  It’s moist and full of wonderful flavor.  I will definitely be adding it to my baking arsenal.

 
Chocolate Wasted Cake 1
Chocolate Cake Day ~ Chocolate Wasted Cake
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Frosting:
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ⅓ to ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add-Ons:
  • Liqueur for drizzling on the cake layer {like creme de cocoa, Khaluah, Frangelico}
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Assorted chocolate candies, chopped {I used Milky Way and Snickers}
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and dust two 8-inch or 9-inch cake pand with cocoa powder. Set aside.
  2. Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the milk/butter mixture. Mix until combined. Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pour the batter into prepared cake pans. bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. {My cake took closer to 50 minutes to cook.}
  4. Remove from oven and wait at least 10 minutes to remove from cake pans and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before decorating. {I always have trouble getting my cakes out of the pan unless the bottom of the cake pan is completely cooled. Proceed with caution.}
  5. In a large mixing bowl, sift together powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
  6. Add the butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer, slowly mix together at a low speed. Add additional milk as need to achieve desired consistency.
  7. Once all the ingredients are combined, increased the speed and beat until fluffy.
  8. Place the first cake layer on a plate or cake circle. Lightly drizzle with liqueur. Spread an even layer of frosting over the top of the layer. Place the second cake layer on top of the frosting. Lightly drizzle with liqueur. Cover the sides and top of the cake with frosting.
  9. Cover the sides of the cake with semi-sweet chocolate chips and cover the top with assorted chocolate candies.
  10. Drizzle the melted chocolate all over the top of the cake and let it drip down the sides of the cake.

 

If that wasn’t enough chocolaty goodness for you, here are some other mind blowing chocolate cake recipes for you to try today!


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Chocolate Medusa Cake from i am baker
 
 
 
Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake from Miss Lemonie
 
 
 
Homemade Ding Dongs from Beantown Baker
Who said all cakes have to be super fancy.  Childhood throw-backs rock!
 
 
 
Chocolate Cake & Espresso Buttercream from My Baking Addiction
 
 
Perfectly Chocolate Cake with Perfectly Chocolate Frosting
 
Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake and Perfectly Chocolate Frosting from Barbara Bakes
My Aunt Sue made Hershey’s Chocolate Cake last time she was in town and it was super delicious.  No big shock with how great their candy bars are.
 
 
 
Chocolate Mashed Potato Cupcakes from Sprinkle Bakes
Veggies in your chocolate cake is okay.  I promise.  See.
 
and the best named chocolate cake award goes to…
 
Better Than Sex Cupcakes: Chocolate Times Five from Cupcake Project
Cupcake Project is quickly becoming one of my new favorite blogs.
Stef has the most interesting and wonderful cupcake combinations and is beginning to challenge some of my pre-conceived cupcake ideas, which I love.
You should really click on over and see what she has going on. 
I got my Chocolate Malt Nougat recipe from her site.

Comments

  1. says

    Thank you Julie for featuring my chocolate wasted cake! I'm so happy you liked it! And I love all the wonderful chocolatey goodness you've shared here in your post! Happy National Chocolate Cake Day :-)

  2. says

    Wow, that is quite the chocolate cake! I know what it's like keeping toddlers busy while trying to bake! I usually have to do it during nap time or forget it. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and that I found you via the 30Days Pity Party.

  3. says

    My boys don't nap at the same time anymore. Thing 2 is down to one nap instead of two and Thing 1 is hit and miss on naptime. I usually bake anything fun after bedtime. I had to start early on this cake to get everything done in time for the post. On well. A handful of chocolate chips and a Milky Way before bed never hurt anyone. ;)

  4. says

    Oh.Mah.Gah.

    Are you serious? I…no. There are no words for this. This shouldn't even be allowed to exist. I feel like I've gained a pound or five just thinking about the nasty things I would do to this cake.

    In other words? Yum! ;)

  5. says

    I've seen the post before and man that was really mouthwatering. This recipe is one of a kind and deliciously looking cake eventhough the title suggest it's a wasted cake.

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