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Monday, March 15, 2010

Coconut-Mint Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:
* 1/4 cup butter, softened
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup baking cocoa
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 cup brewed coffee
* FILLING:
* 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
* 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
* 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
* 1 tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons flaked coconut
* 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
* 1 drop green food coloring, optional
* FROSTING:
* 1/4 cup butter, softened
* 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
* 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
* 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
* 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
* 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
* 2 tablespoons flaked coconut, toasted

Directions:
* In a small bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda; add to egg mixture alternately with coffee, beating just until combined.
* Pour into two 6-in. round baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
* For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Beat in cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in the coconut, extract and food coloring if desired. Spread between cake layers.
* For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the butter, confectioners' sugar and cocoa until fluffy. Add the cream, chocolate and extract; beat until smooth. Frost top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with coconut. Store in the refrigerator.

Yield: 6 servings.

~~Cooking for 2 | Spring 2008~~

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