I decided to surprise a friend with a cake for her 3/4 birthday this week (knowing I wouldn't be able to spend her actual birthday with her). Since her love of chocolate exceeds that of anyone I've ever witnessed, I used that as my inspiration in making this thing.
Here's the recipe for the cake base:
2 cups brown sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling waterCombine all dry ingredients, add in the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla, mix until smooth. Add in boiling water and mix until completely combined. Pour into two greased and floured 9" rounds and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
I also added in some chocolate chips--because I was worried that they'd sink to the bottom (the batter is slightly runny), I let them bake for about 5 minutes before putting some chocolate chips on top of the cake so that they would remain on the top.
For the frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup hot fudge topping
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream the butter and shortening, add in the cocoa and sugar, and mix until smooth, adding milk bit by bit to help with consistency (I probably only added a small splash of milk, not the whole 2 tablespoons). Add in vanilla and fudge topping last.
To top off the cake, I basically gathered every kind of chocolate possible and arranged it as garnish. I melted some dark chocolate and dripped it on wax paper to make the swirly looking thing sticking out in the middle, and dripped chocolate syrup down the side to make it just a little more excessive looking.