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Supreme Chocolate Cake

 Supreme Chocolate Cake
"This dessert is so quick to make and looks stunning," writes Helene Brule-Besner from Hamilton, Ontario. "My family loves it...and it's popular at church potlucks. Whenever this cake is in the fridge, a big 'mouse' in our house eats the leftovers during the night!"
12-14 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Maraschino cherries and fresh mint, optional

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating
  • well after each addition. beat in vanilla.
  • In a bowl, whisk cocoa and water until smooth; stir in buttermilk.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to
  • creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture. Beat until smooth.

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Supreme Chocolate Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at
  • 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks.
  • For frosting, in a bowl, beat cream cheese until light. Add 1/2 cup
  • confectioners' sugar; mix well. Add the vanilla, cream and remaining
  • sugar; beat until frosting reaches desired consistency. Place one
  • cooled cake layer on a serving plate; spread with a third of the
  • frosting. Repeat layers twice. Garnish with maraschino cherries and
  • mint if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 505 calories, 27 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 142 mg cholesterol, 445 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.