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Chocolate Holiday Cake

 Chocolate Holiday Cake
Don't let the length and steps of this recipe scare you. It's simple...and the fudgy richness will bring rave reviews from everyone.
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • CAKE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • FILLING:
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup raisins, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • CHOCOLATE ICING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Dash salt
  • Whipped cream, optional

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Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine butter, oil and chocolate. Cook over low
  • heat, stirring until chocolate melts. Add water; cool 15 minutes. In
  • a bowl, combine the remaining cake ingredients and beat well. Fold
  • chocolate mixture into batter.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. round baking pans. Bake at
  • 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes outs clean.
  • Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • Meanwhile, for filling, combine the milk, sugar and water in a small
  • saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add
  • raisins and dates. Cook and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; add vanilla and nuts. Cool.
  • For frosting, melt chips; add vanilla and nuts. Cool. Stir in sour
  • cream and salt; beat with a spoon until smooth. Cool 5 minutes or
  • until frosting achieves spreading consistency.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with filling; top
  • with second cake. Frost top and sides of cake. Chill for 1 hour
  • before serving. Garnish with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 12
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 599 calories, 30 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 229 mg sodium, 82 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.