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Chocolate Mint Layer Cake

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Servings: 8
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

Ingredients:
1  cup  Mint-Chocolate Chips, Nestles
1 1/4  cups  ;water, divided
2 1/4  cups  Flour, Unbleached
1  teaspoon  Salt
1  teaspoon  Baking Soda
1/2  teaspoon  Baking Powder
1 1/2  cups  Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
1/2  cup  Butter, Softened
3  each  Eggs, Large
    -----CHOCOLATE MINT FROSTING-----
1/2  cup  Mint-Chocolate Chips, Nestles
1/4  cup  Butter
1  teaspoon  Vanilla Extract
1/4  teaspoon  Salt
3  cups  Confectioners' Sugar
6  tablespoons  Milk
    -----GARNISHES-----
    Chocolate Leaves
    Chocolate Curls
    Chocolate Gratings

Directions:
CAKE: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small saucepan, combine mint-chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Cool 10 minutes. In medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and butter; beat until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in chocolate mixture. Gradually beat in flour mixture alterantely with remaining 1 cup of water. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cakes test done. Coll completely on wire racks. Fill nd frost with Chocolate Mint Frosting. Garnish as desired. CHOCOLATE-MINT FROSTING: Combine over hot (not boiling) water, the mint-chocolate chips and butter. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla extract and salt. Transfer to a large bowl. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar alternately with milk; beat until smooth. (if necessary add more milk until desired consistency is reached.) GARNISHES: Use chocolate curls and grated chocolate on top of the cake. Form a ring of grated chocolate pieces around the outside edge and use the curls in the center. To make chocolate leaves, select several small leaves, wash and dry them and paint one side of them with melted chocolate. Chill until firm and peel the leaf off the chilled chocolate. Use as garnish.


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