Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dottie's Chocolate Cake

My grandmother passed away early on the morning of July 10, 2009. She was always known for being a very active and healthy woman. In the last years of her life, after suffering from multiple strokes, she pushed aside her healthy tendencies and opted for more chocolate cake. The actual cake is made from Pamela's Chocolate Cake Mix, but the rest is dad's favorite cake that my grandma used to make him as a child.

Cake (Pamela's Chocolate Cake Mix)
Prepare as instructed on package to make 2 layers.

Chocolate Cream Filling
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 2 squares baking chocolate (2 oz)
* 4 T coconut flour
* 1 cup half and half
* 2 eggs, separated
* 1 tsp vanilla
Mix sugar, flour, chocolate, half and half in a double boiler over boiling water, stirring until thickened for about 10 minutes. Add in beaten egg yolks and sontinue to stir for about 2minutes. Set in fridge and allow to cool. When cool, spread filling on bottom layer of the cake.

Fluffy Icing
* 2 egg whites
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup white karo syrup
* 2 T water
* 1 tsp cream of tartar

Mix all ingredients in top of double boiler, cook over boiling water, beating constantly with mixer at high speed, approx 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1 tsp vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form (this took about 10-15 minutes, so I suggest using a kitchenaid mixer, because a handheld mixer may cause your arm to fall off).
Pour over cake and smooth. If this cake is messy, then you know you are successful. Keep cake in the fridge and be prepared for a sugar rush that could put even the biggest dessert-aholic into a sugar coma.

May heaven be a happy place filled with peace of mind and chocolate cake.

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