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Too Much Chocolate Cake
My son asked for a very chocolatey cake for his family birthday party and so I chose this one to try. While I was making it exactly as the recipe is written, I thought it was going to be more like a brownie in texture. It was so very rich looking. I baked it in two 9" round pans, wrapped the cake in plastic wrap really well once cooled, followed by foil, then placed them in the freezer a week in advance of the party. The day of the party, I unwrapped them completely after removing from the freezer to thaw. While they were unfrozen, but still cold, I began to assemble the cake just as my 6 year old requested. Chocolate mousse filling, chocolate ganache topping, mini peanut butter cups on top, and vanilla mousse accent piping. The more I looked at the cake the more I began to shiver thinking this was going to be waaay too rich. When it came time to serve it, I was bowled over. This cake can handle rich flavors with it because it is the perfect blend of sweet vs. chocolate. Ohhhh - and the moist texture was nothing like a brownie - the most tantalizing chocolate cake experience I've ever had in my life. It was a big hit with my son. Our guests were going gaga over it while I was still in shock that I produced something this amazing. I'm picky about my recipes and what a rewarding experience to find such a treasure. Thank you, Denise!!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 25, 2013
Chocolate Ganache
Easy and so very delicious! I tried replacing the rum flavoring with almond (a little goes a long way!) and it was very good. My kids prefer it made with semi-sweet chocolate without any added flavorings, so this is how we make it more often than not. It is delicious with the Heavenly White Cake recipe here. And fresh strawberries are such a treat when paired with this ganache recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2013
Whipped Cream Mousse Frosting
This recipe is perfection. It is easy to put together and tastes fantastic. Love the light, creamy flavor and smooth mousse texture. I made this using vanilla pudding mix exactly as the original recipe is written. I then used it with the Heavenly White Cake recipe here topped off with fresh strawberries (dry them after washing). I used it as a filling between layers of the cake, then frosted the outside of the cake, and piped little flowers all around the strawberries. I was surprised how nicely the delicate piped flowers turned out. The frosting holds up well at room temperature. I decorated the cake and had it on display for 2 and a half hours with no change in it's appearance or texture. I also piped this frosting on cupcakes for my son's kindergarten birthday party. The children sucked the frosting right off the cupcakes and they declared it tasted like vanilla ice cream. It was a hit with everyone!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2013

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