DSCN2626 Frosted Chocolate CakeAdd a touch of elegance to your holiday entertaining with this deliciously moist chocolate cake smothered in rich chocolate frosting sprinkled with crunchy chopped walnuts. Yum, Yum!

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cold black coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs


1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup warm water
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts, divided

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

2. With electric mixer on Low speed, beat in the shortening, milk, coffee and vanilla until combined. Increase speed to high and beat for 2 minutes. Add the eggs and beat 2 more minutes.

3. Divide the batter between the two prepared pans; smooth with a spatula. Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes; turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.

4. For the frosting, combine the cocoa powder, butter, corn syrup, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. With electric mixer set on medium speed, beat for 2 minutes; add the warm water and mix well. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar in 2 batches; beat until smooth and creamy.

5. Place 1 cake layer top side down on a large, flat plate. Spread with 1 cup of frosting and sprinkle with 2/3 cup of walnuts. Top with the remaining cake layer, top side up. Frost the top and sides with the remaining frosting, swirling with a small spatula. Garnish with the remaining walnuts. Makes 12 servings.

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