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Special Occasion Chocolate Cake

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Ingredients
  Baking cocoa 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Boiling water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Butter 1 Cup (16 tbs), softened
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Eggs 4
  Vanilla extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  All purpose flour 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Baking soda 2 Teaspoon
  Baking powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
For ganache
  Semi-sweet chocolate square 10 Ounce, chopped (10 Squares, 1 Ounce Each)
  Heavy whipping cream 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sugar 2 Tablespoon
For frosting
  Confectioners sugar 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Baking cocoa 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Milk 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Vanilla extract 2 Teaspoon
  Sliced almonds 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), toasted (For Garnish)
Directions

In a small bowl, combine cocoa and water; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in vanilla.
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture, beating well after each addition.
Pour into three greased and floured 9-in.round baking pans.
Bake at 350 degree 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 to cool completely.
For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl.
In a small heavy saucepan over low heat, bring cream and sugar to a boil.
Pour over chocolate; whisk gently until smooth.
Refrigerate for 35-45 minutes or until ganache begins to thicken, stirring occasionally.
For frosting, in a large mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy.
Add the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth.
Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1 cup frosting.
Top with the second layer and 1 cup ganache; sprinkle with 1/2 cup almonds.
Top with third layer; frost top and sides of cake.
Warm the ganache until pourable; pour over cake, allowing some to drape down the sides.
Sprinkle with the remaining almonds.
Refrigerate until serving.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Chocolate

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