The Best. Cake. Ever.

Every year for Eric’s birthday I have tried to make him a special dessert.  One I know he would love and one I had never attempted before!  Some of my past creations were Divine Chocolate Cake from Cooks Country, Chocolate Pie by Emeril, and Eric’s Grandma’s Pecan Pie.  This year I set a new bar for myself! I had found a recipe, via Pinterest from the website http://megseverydayindulgence.wordpress.com, for a Chocolate Cake with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting.  The picture looked amazing and knowing that one of Eric’s absolute favorite desserts is a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake, I had to try it.  Here is the recipe.  You are going to want to bookmark this page; it was so good!

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 1/2c Butter, softened
  • 1.5c Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1.5c Flour
  • 9Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2c Brewed Coffee, cooled
  • 1/2c Milk

For the Frosting:

  • 1c Butter, softened
  • 8c Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1/2c Milk plus 2Tbsp
  • 11oz Dark Chocolate Chunks (62% Cacao)
  • 1/8tsp Green Food Coloring

For Ganache:

  • 3/4c Heavy Cream
  • 1.5c Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4tsp Peppermint Extract

1. In a medium bowl mix cocoa with flour, salt, baking soda and powder. In a measuring cup mix coffee and milk together and set aside.

2. Mix butter and sugar in a mixer for 5 minutes or until smooth.  Then beat in eggs one at a time.  Slowly add in dry ingredients alternating with the coffee mixture until all is added.

3. Pour batter into two cake pans lined with parchment paper, greased and floured. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool completely before frosting.

4. For the frosting. Chop dark chocolate in a food processor until they become little bits ( not powder!).  Then in a mixer, beat the butter, powdered sugar and milk for 3-5 minutes, until smooth and creamy.

5. Next add food coloring and extract, by hand-mixing it, into the batter. You may need to add additional milk.  Once consistency is correct, fold in the dark chocolate bits. Now you are ready to frost:)
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Here is a picture of the frosted cake.
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Once your cake is frosted it is now time for the ganache.

6. Heat heavy cream in a saucepan just until boiling. Remove immediately from heat and set aside. In a small bowl pour chocolate chips in the bottom and slowly add heavy cream and peppermint extract. Stir until smooth. Allow ganache to completely cool, then pour over your frosted cake.

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Now it is time to put on the candles and sing ” Happy Birthday!”
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I wish I could describe in words just how amazing the cake tasted. However, I don’t think it would do the cake justice! I guess you are going to have to make it and try it yourself:) Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “The Best. Cake. Ever.

  1. Pingback: Mint Chocolate Oreo Ice Cream Cake | goinghomemade

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