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Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake

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Monday, 29 September 2008 04:12
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Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake
Ingredients:

Chocolate Cake:
We use the Hersey's Chocolate Cake Recipe. You can choose to add some almond liqueur to the cake if you like.

Almond-Flavored Cheesecake Filling:
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons almond flavored liqueur
Chocolate Almond Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, or 12 ounces semi sweet baking squares, melted and cooled
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons almond flavored liqueur
  • 1-2 ounces strong coffee (optional)
Instructions:
  • Prepare cakes as directed in the Hershey's Chocolate Cake Recipe
  • For almond-flavored cheesecake, preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Line a 9-inch round baking pan (use the same size pan as the chocolate cake) with aluminum foil, letting edges of foil extend over sides of pan; lightly grease foil.
  • In large bowl, beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  • Add sugar, beating until smooth.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Stir in sour cream and liqueur.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan; bake 45 minutes.
  • Turn oven off; leave cheesecake in oven with door closed for 1 hour.
  • Let cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  • Cover and chill for 4 hours.
  • Using edges of foil as handles, remove cheesecake from pan.
  • Gently remove foil from cheesecake.
  • For frosting, in large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  • Add chocolate, beating until combined.
  • Beat in almond liqueur and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy.
Assembly:
  • Start with 1 layer of chocolate cake on the bottom
  • Add a layer of chocolate almond frosting
  • Add the cheesecake
  • Add another layer of chocolate almond frosting
  • Add the last layer of chocolate cake
  • Finish the assembly by frosting the cake with the chocolate almond frosting

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