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CHOCOLATE MINT LAYER CAKE

Category:    Chocolate, Mint, Cakes, Desserts
Yield:8 servings
 
      1 c  Mint-Chocolate Chips;Nestles      1/2 ts Baking Powder
  1 1/4 c  ;water, divided                 1 1/2 c  Brown Sugar; Firmly Packed
  2 1/4 c  Flour; Unbleached                 1/2 c  Butter, Softened
      1 ts Salt                                3 ea Eggs; Large
      1 ts Baking Soda                   

--------------------------CHOCOLATE MINT FROSTING--------------------------
    1/2 c  Mint-Chocolate Chips;Nestles      1/4 ts Salt
    1/4 c  Butter                              3 c  Confectioners' Sugar
      1 ts Vanilla Extract                     6 tb Milk

---------------------------------GARNISHES---------------------------------
      1 x  Chocolate Leaves                    1 x  Chocolate Gratings
      1 x  Chocolate Curls                
 
  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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