Godiva Ultimate Chocolate Layer Cake
unsweetened baking chocolate,
For the cake, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. Cream the butter and sugar and add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. On low speed, stir in the chocolate and gradually add the reserved sifted ingredients in three additions, alternating with the buttermilk and 1/2 cup of Godiva Liqueur, beat until smooth. Divide the batter among three greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake in preheated 375 degrees oven for 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto a rack to completely cool. Chill the layers in the freezer for about 30 minutes, until firm.
To assemble the cake, remove the cake layers from the freezer and brush with the remaining Godiva Liqueur before spreading 3/4 cup of buttercream between
each layer. Spread the remaining buttercream over the top and sides of the cake, which has been placed on a serving plate. Serve immediately, or refrigerate if necessary. If refrigerating, remove 1 hour prior to serving. Garnish with shaved chocolate. Serves 12.
For the buttercream, cream the butter until smooth. Sift the sugar and cocoa powder over the butter, add 1/3 cup of Godiva Liqueur and slowly mix until smooth.