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I made this cake for Aarny's birthday. He likes chocolate cake, but ONLY if it's moist, almost like brownies. But not brownies, heaven forbid. :) It was delicious and likely a sin, if that's possible.
They tell you to make it in two rounds, but I made it in a 9x13 pan so I didn't use anywhere near the entire amount of frosting I made. It would have been smart to cut the recipe in half, as I have done for you. aren't I nice?

Remember, the directions are straight from the book so that is why they are so clear and sometimes a bit over attentive to the details, but it helps to assure you cover all the bases. So basically it looks harder than it really is!

1 box devil's food cake mix, such as Duncan Hines
1 c. water
3 eggs
1/3 c. corn oil (I used Canola)
1/3 c. sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 12 oz. bag (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 c. sugar
2/3 c. milk
1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Half recipe for frosting
1/2 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips - duh!
1 c. sugar
1/3 c. milke
1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/8 tsp. salt (a pinch or so)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350ยบ F. Butter 3 non-stick 8-inch cake pans with 1 1/2 inch sides.

To make the cake
Combine the cake mix, water, eggs, oil, sour cream, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Alternatively, use an electric hand mixer. Beat on low speed until the mixture is well blended. Increase the speed to medium if using a stand mixer (high for a hand mixer) and beat for 2 minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake until a knife/toothpick inserted into the cneter of the cakes come out clean, about 25 minutes. Transfer the pans to wire racks and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Remove the cakes from the pans and let cool completely on the racks.
Or just pour the batter in a 9x13 and cook for about 28-30 minutes.

To Make The Icing
Put the chocolate chips n the metal bowl of a stand mixture fitted with the whisk attachment. Alternatively, use an electric hand mixer. Combine the sugar, milk, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Let boil vigorously for exactly 1 minute. Pour the hot sugar mixture over the chocolate. Add the vanilla. Beat on medium speed until the mixture begins to thicken to a spreadable consistency, 10 - 15 minutes. (I turne don my Bosch and let it do the work!)

To assemble (If used the 3 cake pans) place 1 cake, flat side up, on a platter. Spread 1/3 of the icing (about 3/4 c.) over the top of the cake. Top with the second cake, flat side up, and spread 1/3 of the icing (about 3/4 c.) over the top. Top with the third cake, , flat side up, and spread a thin layer of the remaining icing over the top and sides of the cake.

Note: If your kitchen is warm, refrigerate the cake for about 15 minutes after frosting the second layer. This will prevent the cake from sliding.

from The Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook

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