Chocolate Cake

  • Yield 12 servings

This impressive cake is great to serve your guests.

Ingredients

Cake:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 -- extra-large eggs
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Filling:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 -- (16-ounce) jar hot fudge topping
2 cups heavy whipping cream
5 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. To prepare the cake.  Combine the butter and chocolate in a saucepan.  Cook over low heat until melted and smooth, stirring occasionally.  Remove to a large mixing bowl and let cool slightly.  Add the water, granulated sugar, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla, eggs and oats and beat well.  Beat in the flour, baking soda and salt.  Pour into three greased 9-inch cake pans.  Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
  2. To prepare the filling.  Combine the butter, 1/4 cup cream, the brown sugar and pecans in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, sirring constantly.  Pour evenly over the hot cakes in the pans.  Place under the broiler until bubbly, watching carefully so that it doesn't burn.  Remove to a wire rack and let cool.  Remove the cakes carefully from the pans.  Warm the hot fudge topping in the microwave or over a bowl of hot water until of a spreading consistency.  Spread equally over the top of the cake layers.  Beat 2 cups cream, the confectioners' sugar and vanilla in a bowl until stiff peaks form.  Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread with one-third of the whipped cream.  Top with the next cake layer and spread with one-third of the whipped cream.  Top with the remaining cake layer and spread with the remaining whipped cream.  Garnish with chocolate curls and serve.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Heritage Hall’s To Learn, to Lead…To Serve(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2008).

 

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