Friday, February 10, 2012

Serving Up {Cake}: Triple Layer Brownie Fudge Cake

Valentine's Day is just about here, and I'm just going to come out and say it....Chocolate says LOVE to a lot of people!  My husband is one of those that chocolate speaks to.  If you also have someone who's love language is chocolate, might I suggest this recipe for a very rich, very chocolate Valentine's Day treat.  Serve this with a couple of chocolate dipped strawberries as a garnish and I know that I would be swooning!

This recipe reminds me of something that would be served at a really nice restaurant.  One of those desserts that you order with two forks, because as good as it is, it's just too much for one person.  In fact, this recipe is just rich enough, and just chocolate enough, that my kids think of this cake as "mom and dad's chocolate cake".  And I am just okay with that :)

(recipe from Taste of Home)

1 1/2 cup butter
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
3/ tsp. salt

16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
milk chocolate bar, shaved (optional garnish)
In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla, flour and salt.
Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

For frosting, melt chocolate in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Gradually stir in cream and sugar until well blended. Heat to a gentle boil; boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; transfer to a large bowl. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until mixture reaches a pudding-like consistency, stirring a few times.
Remove from refrigerator and beat until soft peaks form. Immediately spread between layers and over the top and sides of cake.
Garnish with shaved chocolate if desired.
Store in the refrigerator.

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