Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins
Naughty, in the BEST possible way!!!! **I usually like to let all cake batters rest for 10 minutes (in the baking pans) before they go into the oven--I find that they rise up nicer.**
- 2 cups flour
- 1 3⁄4 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 2⁄3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup hot coffee
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3⁄4 cup caramel sauce or 3⁄4 cup caramel topping
- 1 1⁄2 cups toasted peanuts
- CAKE: Preheat oven to 350*F.
- Grease and flour 3 9" round cake pans.
- Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
- Combine the egg, oil, and buttermilk; add to the flour mixture until well combined.
- Slowly pour in and mix the hot coffee; scrape bowl to fully incorporate into the batter.
- Pour batter evenly into the prepared pans; bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick tests out clean.
- Cool 10 minutes in pans; loosen edges and invert onto waxed or parchment paper-lined wire racks.
- Cool completely before frosting.
- FROSTING: Combine the sugar and milk in a saucepan; add the butter and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Remove pan from heat; add the chocolate chips and whisk until melted and smooth.
- If the frosting is too thick or grainy, thin it a little by adding 1-2 tsp.
- hot coffee.
- Place one cake layer on a serving platter, rounded side up; spread with 1/3 of the frosting, right to the edges.
- Sprinkle frosting with 1/2 cup of the peanuts and drizzle 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce on top.
- Repeat process with each layer.
I made only the cake (from the same recipe found on a blog), topped it with chocolate icing (almost a glaze), toasted pecans and Caramel Sauce to make it a turtle cake. The blog with the turtle cake directions are here: http://cityfarmgirl.blogspot.com/2008/02/turtle-cake-tutorial.html. Glad to see this cake's been posted here--thanks JamesDean'sGirl!
I left out the caramel, peanuts, and switched the buttermilk with skim milk and it was truly a death by chocolate cake. I added coffee to the cake and frosting. YummmmmOOOO!!!!! :)