Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Chocolate Celebration Cake

Michelle H.

Delicious w/o the ganache and garnishes, too.

1 pkg. chocolate cake mix
1 pkg (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
4 eggs
1 c. sour cream
¾ c. water
¼ c. oil
4 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted

2 c. butter, softened
4 c. powdered sugar
¾ c. baking cocoa
½ c. milk

2 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted
1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled

4 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
½ c. heavy whipping cream

Combine the first seven ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Transfer to two greased and floured 9” round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Beat the butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa until blended; add milk and beat until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.

Pipe or spoon melted chocolate onto waxed paper in decorative designs; let stand until set. Arrange strawberries on top of cake. For ganache, place chocolate in small bowl. Heat cream just to a boil; pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Drizzle over top of cake, allow ganache to drape down the sides. Top with chocolate garnishes.

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