Hanukkah Gelt Double Fudge Chocolate Layer Cake

Recipe by Mirj2338




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lightly grease (2) 9-inch layer pans and line with parchment paper circles.
  • In a large mixing bowl, blend sugar and oil.
  • Add eggs and mix until well blended and mixture is thick and lightened in texture.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and cocoa.
  • Fold dry ingredients into wet- and mix- drizzling in cola as mixture blends.
  • If using an electric mixer, use slow speed and mix about 3 minutes, scraping sides and bottom once to incorporate all ingredients evenly.
  • This is a thin batter.
  • Bake, on middle oven rack, 35-40 minutes, until cakes spring back when lightly touched.
  • ICING: Cream melted chocolate, shortening, butter and vanilla with cocoa and 1 cup of the confectioner's sugar.
  • Add remaining confectioner's sugar and whip on high speed, adding in a bit of water, cola or half-and-half to get a light, fluffy consistency.
  • If not using right away, re-whip before using.
  • Add additional warm water to get correct consistency (a tablespoon at a time).
  • DECORATING: Place one layer on a cardboard circle.
  • Ice this with about 1/2- inch of frosting.
  • Place top layer and ice cake- sides first.
  • Coat sides with colored sprinkles.
  • Garnish bottom edge with coins.
  • Garnish top with coins- placing them either flat on top of cake or standing up (You may cut some of the coins in half to garnish border of top layer).
  • Place a couple of miniature dreidels in centre if desired or Chanukah candles (can be lit when menorah is lit).