Creme De Menthe Chocolate Cake

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Jan. 10, 2012

Ingredients

For 3 (9 inch) dark
Unsweetened cocoa 1 Cup (16 tbs) , unsifted
Boiling water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Sifted all purpose flour 2 3/4 Cup (44 tbs)
Baking soda 2 Teaspoon
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Baking powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Butter 1 Cup (16 tbs) , softened (2 Sticks)
Sugar 2 1/2 Cup (40 tbs)
Eggs 4
Vanilla extract 1 1/2 Teaspoon
For creme de
Butter 6 Tablespoon , softened (3/4 Stick)
Confectioners'sugar 3 1/2 Cup (56 tbs)
Green creme de menthe 6 Tablespoon
For dark chocolate frosting
Semisweet chocolate pieces 6 Ounce (1 Package)
Light cream 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Butter 1 Cup (16 tbs) (2 Sticks)
Confectioners'sugar 2 1/2 Cup (40 tbs)
Chocolate coated square mints 6 Ounce (1 Box)

Directions

GETTING READY

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Grease well and lightly flour three 9-by-l 1/2-inch layer-cake pans.

MAKING

To Prepare Dark-Chocolate-Cake Layers:

3. In medium bowl, combine cocoa with boiling water, mixing with wire whisk until smooth and let it cool completely.

4. Onto a sheet of waxed paper, sift flour with soda, salt and baking powder.

5. In a large bowl, with portable electric mixer at high speed, beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla scraping bowl occasionally, until light-€”about 5 minutes.

6. At low speed, beat in flour mixture (in fourths) alternately with cocoa mixture (in thirds), beginning and ending with flour mixture and do not overbeat.

7. Pour batter into pans, dividing evenly and smooth tops.

8. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until surfaces spring back when gently pressed with fingertip and cool in pans for 10 minutes.

9. With spatula carefully loosen sides, remove from pans and cool on racks

To Make Creme-De-Menthe Filling:

10. In a medium bowl, combine 6 tablespoons butter, 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar and creme-de-menthe.

11. Using a portable mixer or wooden spoon beat until smooth and fluffy.

12. On cake stand, place layers together, using half of Creme-De-Menthe Filling between each two layers.

To make Dark-Chocolate Frosting:

13. In medium saucepan, combine chocolate pieces, cream and butter; stir over medium heat until smooth and remove from heat.

14. With a wire whisk, blend in confectioners' sugar.

15. Turn into bowl placed over ice and beat until it holds its shape.

FINALIZING

16. With metal spatula, frost side of cake and spread rest of frosting over top, swirling decoratively.

17. Cut mints in half, on diagonal and use to decorate cake.

SERVING

18. Refrigerate cake about 1 hour and then serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 14

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 895Calories from Fat 355

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 41 g63.1%

Saturated Fat 24 g120%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 320 mg13.33%

Total Carbohydrates 125 g41.7%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 97 g

Protein 7 g14%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet