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Make-a-Cake Series: Almost Too Much Chocolate Cake

Before I let Brittany take over, I just have to throw in my two cents about her cake she’s going to introduce.
To describe it…….it’s taste bud popping delicious.  Like, wow, I-have-never-enjoyed-chocolate-so-much-in-my-life incredible.
I know, pretty dramatic, but this cake is delicious.  Very rich and chocolate-y, with a little nuttiness thrown in, and you will not be disappointed.
Brittany made this for me on several occasions with a gluten free cake mix, while we were neighbors.
In fact, she used to make it for all of the neighbors and deliver plates of it to everyone who was outside chatting.  Ahhhh, Idaho summer evenings!
(I miss having delicious treats pop up at my house Brit!  Can you start mailing me this stuff?  Ha!)  
And of course, it always brightened my day.
Anyway, enjoy this little secret creation of Brittany’s.  You will love it!
– Ashley

Do you like chocolate? 
I am a BIG fan of chocolate!
I have seen products labeled “Too Much Chocolate Cake” Or “Too Much Chocolate Cookies”.
I submit this is not possible. The more chocolate the better!
If you see things in a “more is better” way, I have the perfect cake for you. 
ALMOST Too Much Chocolate Cake.
This is the cake I want every year on my birthday and I make it for my family and friends all the time. 
I can’t get enough!
This cake recipe began with an existing recipe I had.
I have tweaked it, manipulated it, and have added to it……….until it was utter perfection.
Almost too much chocolate cake is a sour cream devils food cake with small pieces of chocolate in every bite. Chocolate buttercream is added as the filling and a semi-sweet chocolate ganache is poured over the top, as the frosting. Toasted almonds are added to the top for a nutty crunch. 
Ready to make your own? 

Almost Too Much Chocolate Cake

First, bake the cake
Cake Recipe
1      (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
2      1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
3      1 cup sour cream
4      1 cup vegetable oil
5      4 eggs
6      1/2 cup water
7      1.5 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into 2 well greased 8 inch pans
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. 
Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least half an hour before putting on a cooling rack.  
 **This cake can be made gluten free using Pamela’s gluten free Chocolate cake mix.
Second, make the Chocolate buttercream  
–This is just like the buttercream I used in THIS post with added coco.
1 cup vegetable shortening
3-4 Tlb milk
½ cup unsweetened coco powder
½ tsp clear vanilla extract (buy it by the cake decorating supplies, wilton makes it)
1 lb powder sugar
Mix all ingredients with mixer until smooth.
Third, add buttercream between the 2 cake layers-
-Use the tips HERE for filling a cake.
Fourth, make ganache
2 tablespoons corn syrup
6 ounces heavy cream
12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small bowl on top of a double boiler, combine the corn syrup, chocolate and heavy cream. Let melt and combine while whisking often. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Let the ganache cool for a few minutes.
Fifth, pour the ganache over the top of the cake letting it drip down the sides. Take a spatula and spread the ganache over the parts not covered.
Pipe buttercream stars on the rim of the top.
Add Almonds. Take raw sliced almonds and place them over medium heat in a sautee pan. Keep them moving by wiggling the pan until they get lightly golden. Remove from heat and alow to cool. Sprinkle them on top of your cake.           

Now don’t you want a piece?

Quick run to the store!

Trust me, this one is a keeper.

Happy Decorating!

Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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