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Chocolate Lover's Delight Cake

 Chocolate Lover's Delight Cake
"For years my husband and I belonged to a supper club and I always made the desserts. This light, flavorful cake recipe was given to me at our first club and it's a hit every time." Sandra Hackney, Tuscaloosa, AL
12 ServingsPrep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 ounces German sweet chocolate, melted
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1/4 cup creme de cacao
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds

Directions

  • Grease and flour two 9-in. round baking pans; set aside. In a large
  • bowl, beat 1 cup sugar, buttermilk, oil, egg yolks and melted
  • chocolate until well blended. Combine the flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • and baking soda; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended.
  • In a large bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites until soft peaks
  • form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on
  • high until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
  • Transfer to prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or

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Chocolate Lover's Delight Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for
  • 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool
  • completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream, confectioners' sugar,
  • cocoa, extract and remaining salt until stiff peaks form.
  • Cut each cake horizontally into two layers; brush layers with cream
  • de cacao. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; top with 1/2 cup
  • frosting and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons almonds. Repeat layers
  • twice. Top with remaining cake layer.
  • Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake; sprinkle
  • remaining almonds over the top. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 512 calories, 28 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 149 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.