Another Halloween Recycle
OK, a diva’s got to get rid of the stuff that takes away from her figure. So have a party and receive thunderous applause for this dandy dessert. I simply used a boxed devil’s food cake mix. Instead of using plain water (this box called for 1 and 1/3 cup) use one cup water and a third cup of half and half cream. Cut down the oil by one-third and replace with another splash of half and half. Three large eggs are usually called for. Mix with the electric mixer for about 2 to 3 minutes and bake at 350° in two 9″ round baking pans, for 30 or 35 minutes, or when a knife inserted comes out clean. Cool completely.
For the frosting you’ll need ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 stick of butter softened, 1/3 cup half and half and 3½ cups powdered sugar. Melt chocolate in a glass dish in microwave on high at 30 second intervals until it is just barely melted. In a large bowl add sugar butter and chocolate. Begin mixing and slowly add cream until it becomes a spreadable mixture. Ice the top of the first layer, place second cake on top, ice the sides, and last the top. I piped out the edging using a about a half a cup of frosting in a plastic sandwich bag with a snipped end (no need to get out the heavy cake decorating equipment unless you are a super deluxe diva). With yet another raid of the Halloween bag, I dug out a large Snicker’s bar, a full size chocolate bar, (reserving one-third) and six Whoppers cut in half. Cut the candy bars in little chunks with a sharp smooth-edged knife and place them around as you please. With the reserved third of chocolate bar scrape off curls with a carrot scraper into a small bowl and sprinkle them on top for a pretty finish. Cool the cake in the refrigerator until guests arrive and dazzle and amaze them with this decadent dessert. They will want an encore!