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Chocolate Holiday Cake Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • CAKE:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour milk*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped seedless raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Dash salt
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine butter, oil and chocolate. Cook over low heat, stirring until chocolate melts. Add water; cool 15 minutes. In another bowl, combine remaining cake ingredients and beat well (*To sour milk, add 1-1/2 teaspoons vinegar to milk; let stand 5 minutes.) Fold chocolate mixture into batter. Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. cake pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until cakes test done. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Meanwhile, for filling, combine milk, sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add raisins and dates. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add vanilla and nuts. Cool. For frosting, melt chips in top of a double boiler over hot water. Remove from heat; add vanilla and nuts. Cool. For frosting, melt chips in top of double boiler over hot water. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream and salt; beat with a spoon until smooth. Cool 5 minutes or until frosting is of spreading consistency. Place one cake layer, upside down, on a plate. Spread filling on top and place other layer over. Frost entire cake. Chill 1 hour before serving. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 599 calories, 30g fat (12g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 82g carbohydrate (62g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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