Saturday, March 24, 2007

Recipe ~ MK's "Ho-Ho" Cake

The chocolate cake layer may be a box mix cake if you choose or you may use my Dark Chocolate Cake recipe below. If you use a box mix, be sure to replace the water with an equal portion of strong coffee, cooled to room temp.

Dark Chocolate Cake(for 9x12 pan)

3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup cream
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup hot strong coffee

Cream first 4 ingredients till light in color. Sift together the dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture slowly and mix well. Add vanilla and coffee last and beat 3 minutes on High.

Pour into a lightly greased and floured pan. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until it tests 'done' with a toothpick. There should be gooey crumbs on the toothpick. You don't want to overbake it or it will be dry. Let cool before spreading the Creamy Filling on top.

Creamy Filling
1 cup sugar
1 cup white Crisco (Not the butter flavored)(Another shortening can be substituted but Crisco is best)
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 Tblsp water
1 tsp vanilla

Put all ingredients into a large bowl and beat on high for 5 minutes. You want it to be fluffy. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and beat for another 2 minutes.

Spread the Creamy Filling on the chocolate cake and put in the freezer to set.

Chocolate Chip Frosting

In a heavy saucepan
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
2Tblsp butter

Over medium heat bring to a boil, stirring often so it does not burn. Let boil for 4-5 minutes while stirring, be sure to turn down the heat if it is near boiling over the pan edges.

Turn off heat and add 1 - 6 oz bag of Milk Chocolate Chips. (I prefer Hershey's)

Stir until melted and smooth. Let cool slightly but still pourable. Pour over Creamy Filling and let it set up. This won't take long as the cake should already be cold.

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