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Champion Chocolate Cake

 Champion Chocolate Cake
After spreading creamy butter frosting over this easy from-scratch cake, I formed a sweet Olympics logo on top with colorful M&M's. The kids clamored for pieces with the candy, but every bite of this cake is moist and delicious. -Therese Judge, Westminster, Maryland
16-20 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons milk
  • 14 to 16 each each plain blue, yellow, black or brown, green and red M&M's

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time
  • beating well after each addition. Beat in the chocolate and vanilla.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture
  • alternately with sour cream. Whisk in water until smooth. Pour into
  • a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30

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Champion Chocolate Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out
  • clean. Cool for 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack to cool
  • completely.
  • For frosting, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and
  • enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost sides and top of
  • cake. With a glass (about 2-1/4-in. diameter), outline five
  • interlocking circles on frosting. Use M&M's in order listed to cover
  • each circle with a single color. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 378 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 307 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.