I made this chocolate mint cake for our dad's birthday last month, and he loved it. I first found the recipe in the April 2003 edition of Woman's Day and tried it out simply because it looked too delicious not to. Do we need an excuse to eat chocolate cake? Usually, I do, but I was pregnant with my second child at the time, and that seemed like a good enough excuse to me. The original recipe has you making it in a 13x9 pan, but that just seemed odd to me. Texas sheet cakes and children's birthday cakes should be rectangular, so I have adjusted the recipe a bit to make it into a round layer cake. I also adjusted the icing steps to make it easier. It's still just as delicious but now it's more practical.
1 box devil's food cake mix
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 oz block reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp mint extract
12 oz can vanilla frosting
1 tsp mint extract
6 drops green food coloring
1. Preheat oven to 350. Coat two round cake pans with nonstick spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix cake mix, oil, milk, cocoa powder, and eggs on low speed until moistened. Increase to medium speed for two minutes. Turn off and add in chocolate chips. Mix on low briefly. Batter will be thick.
3. Mix cream cheese, sugar, egg, and mint extract in medium bowl with fork until smooth.
3. Pour 1/3 of batter into each cake pan and carefully spread out. Lightly pour 1/2 of filling on top of each. Drop the remaining batter over filling in each pan. It won't cover it fully, but that's okay.
4. Bake for 30 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean) and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to further cool.
5. Whisk frosting with mint and food coloring in small bowl. Spread a dollop of it onto the top of one of the cakes. Turn the other cake upside down and carefully place on top. Then carefully ice both cakes.
I apologize for not having a picture of the cake sliced, but my family ate it too fast! I love this recipe because, like my triple chocolate cake, it is very easy thanks to a box mix, but it tastes impressive! I don't make it often because it is incredibly fattening (557 calories per serving and 29 grams of fat), but for those special occasions, it sure is worth it.
I'll be sharing this post at some of these parties here.