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    1 hr 15 mins

    40 mins

    35 mins

    Roosie's Note:

    I made this cake for my little brother's 12th birthday with the request of a chocolate cake. It was truly amazing- weeks later my family (nonetheless after being stuffed with a huge dinner and dessert) was still talking about how fabulous the cake was! Nice and moist and the frosting...oooh. Recipe for a 9"x13" pan, but can be made as a wonderful layer cake. Prep time includes cooling and frosting (with some extra leeway). From

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    Serves: 8



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    Caramel Icing


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. 2
      Melt chocolate, either on the stove or in the microwave and set aside.
    3. 3
      Beat butter in large mixer bowl then add brown sugar and eggs, and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add vanilla and melted chocolate, and beat to combine.
    5. 5
      Combine flour, baking soda, and salt and add to chocolate mixture gradually, alternating with sour cream, beating after each addition.
    6. 6
      Stir boiling water into the batter - the batter will be thin.
    7. 7
      Pour into two 9 inch round cake pans which have been greased and floured.
    8. 8
      Bake for 35 minutes, until cake centre springs back when touched.
    9. 9
      Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Allow to cool completely before applying frosting.
    10. 10
      ***For the frosting***.
    11. 11
      Combine brown sugar, butter and milk in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
    12. 12
      Continue to boil, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.
    13. 13
      Cool to lukewarm.
    14. 14
      Stir in icing sugar and continue to stir until the right consistency to spread.
    15. 15
      (There should probably be a small film wanting to form on top ideally, but no real crystalization.) Spread over cooled cake.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 14, 2011


      Talk about CHOCOLATE HEAVEN!!!!!
      Made this for my daughter's bday. It was an AMAZING hit! We haven't tried the caramel frosting yet. We had a chocolate mousse center and a chocolate ganache on top. Definitely a keeper. In fact, I'm about to make it again. I love bdays, so I can justify making something so sinfully divine.

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    • on October 28, 2010


      If you need to make a chocolate cake and you're all out of cocoa, this is the one to pick! The only variation I made to the cake was to use butter-flavored shortening rather than butter. The cake was chocolately and moist, definitely a keeper. Thanks Roosie :)

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    • on March 30, 2010


      I don't know what "andthebrave" is talking about. They must not know how to follow a recipe. But this recipe was delicious!! I think its the best chocolate I have came across yet. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Nutritional Facts for The Best Chocolate Cake (Really!)

    Serving Size: 1 (259 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 783.9
    Calories from Fat 256
    Total Fat 28.5 g
    Saturated Fat 17.0 g
    Cholesterol 136.9 mg
    Sodium 710.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 128.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 102.6 g
    Protein 7.1 g

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