Death By Chocolate Cake- The Red Headed Hostess

If you want to make a cake that is memorable,
If you want to make a cake that causes audible gasps from people,
If you like swatting people’s hands away,
If you want your husband to feel extra loved on his birthday,
Then this is a must-make cake.
It is seriously chocolate-y.  I mean this will send you into a chocolate coma.  It is rich and moist and must be served with icecream to help with the chocolate overdose.  And you will only want to serve thin slices, so this cake can easil serve 18 people.
Those layers you see are 5 layers of cake then frosting then mousse.  It all comes together and creates a whole new chocolate dimension.
Here is what you need
1-  1 Seriously Good Chocolate Cake Recipe (below)
2-  1 box of chocolate mousse mix (prepared and chilled)
3-  1 Seriously Good Chocolate frosting recipe (below)
4-  Chocolate Curls
Seriously Good Chocolate Cake Recipe
3 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter (softened)
* In a bowl cream the brown sugar and butter together
4 eggs
* Add eggs (one at a time) into butter mixture and mix until light and fluffy
2 tsps vanilla
*  Add vanilla to mixture
1 1/2 cups of sour cream
Fold in the sour cream
In a separate bowl:
2 2/3 cups of flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 T baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
* Whisk these ingredients together and slowly add to wet mixture
* Boil 1/3 cups of water and add to mixture above
*Pour into 3 cake pans that have been buttered and sprinkled with cocoa powder so the cake will come out easily
*Bake at 350 for 30 minutes
* Cool completely
* Run a knife around the edges of pan, place a plate face down on the top of the cake, and flip it over.  Repeat with each cake.
*Put the cakes in the fridge till cold through
* Pull the cakes out and carefull run a bread knife through each layer in order to make each cake into 2 thin layers
Seriously Good Chocolate Frosting
In a bowl, add:
1 1/2 cups softened butter
6 cups of powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups of cocoa
* Blend well with mixer
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
*  Add to butter mixture.  Add more milk until you are satisfied with consitency
How to Arrange the Cake:
1-  On your cake stand, add the first layer of cake
2-  Put a thin layer of frosting
3- Spread a thin layer of prepared chocolate mousse
4- Repeat with each layer of cake
(I only did 5 layers, but you could certainly do all 6)
5-  Top with the last layer of cake and then frost the entire cake
6-  Top with chocolate curls (instructions below)
Chocolate Curls
1-  Too a double boiler, add 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
2-  Melt over the double boiler stirring frequently
3-  Add 1 tsp of shortening to the mixture, mix in
4-  Spread the mixture into a thin layer onto a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam
5-  Stick into your fridge to set
6-  Remove from fridge when you can no longer make a fingerprint
7-  Take a metal spatula and turn it upside down, and while pressing down onto the cookie sheet, run it along in lines taking up ribbons of chocolate as you go
Pile in the center of your cake.
And threaten anyone who tries to steal them.  Which will be everyone.
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  1. This cake was SO good when we had it at your place, that I can guarantee that I will NEVER make it….well as long as I am on a diet, that is. So, do you HAVE to dust the cake pans with cocoa powder, or is it alright to just use flour? (Not that I will ever make it, I just am curious)

  2. My sister just made this cake for my mom’s birthday and when she told me she was going to stray from our traditional chocolate cake recipe, I was a little nervous…let’s just say that we will never make our old recipe again! This cake was to die for good! She did have one question about the baking soda – is it really suppose to be a tablespoon? I think she used a teaspoon and it was great but for future, it would be good to know for sure. 🙂

  3. Is it 1 T spoon of baking soda or is that a miss print? I can tell I have the same tastes as your husband from your comments. I can’t wait to try both your sandwich recipes and the ribs, oh la, la.
    Thank you for sharing your recipes and a bit of your life mixed in. It’s a joy to read.

  4. I made this cake for my husband last month and it was just wonderful! The whole family loved it! Thanks for a decadent recipe! It is a keeper!

  5. Oh my goodness!! That cake looks AMAZING!!! I found you when I was typing in my blog name and your blog name popped up in google search…cool site! Love the design! Did you do it yourself?

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