Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Valentine's Cake

What the cake looked like when I made it...I kind of messed up on the ganache glaze.

What the cake looked like after we got into it....mmmm.

Death-by-Chocolate Cake

1 package devils food cake mix
(mix according to directions on package)

1 tub chocolate ready-to-spread frosting

1/3 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

crushed candy, whatever type you wish to use but toffee would be really yummy

1. Heat oven to 350°.  Generously grease 2 round pans. (I used square pans)  Pour cake mix into two separate pans.

2.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes.  Run knife around side of pans to loosen cakes and remove from pans to wire rack.  Cool completely, about 1 hour.

3.  Frost layers with tub of ready made frosting.  Stack layers.

4.  Heat whipping cream in saucepan over medium heat until hot, but do NOT boil; remove from heat.  Stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Carefully pour chocolate mixture onto top center of cake; spread to edge, allowing some to drizzle down side.  Garnish top of cake with crushed candy.  Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chocolate is set. 

(Side note: Next time I make this cake I will add mint extract to either the ready made frosting or the chocolate ganache glaze, it would be sooooo good!)

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