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Serves: 12
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Cooking Method: Bake


1 3/4 c all purpose flour
3/4 c cocoa, unsweetened
1 1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 c milk, whole
1/2 c canola oil
2 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 c boiling water
1 1/2 c heavy cream
1/2 c reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 c confectioners' sugar
2 c unsweetened coconut (may use flakes)

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Ellen Bales Recipe
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Indianapolis, IN (pop. 2.8M)
Member Since Jun 2010
Ellen's notes for this recipe:
I found this in a Womans Day magazine in the dentist's office a couple years ago. I have yet to try it, but with baking season fast approaching, it won't be long. To say it is deliciously decadent, I'm sure, is an understatement. If any of you make it before I do, let me know!
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Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two 8x2" round cake pans with nonstick spray. Line bottoms with waxed paper; spray the paper. Dust with flour.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, granulated and brown sugars, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together milk, oil, eggs and vanilla. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until fuly incorporated.
Add the boiling water to the batter and mix well to combine (the batter will be thin). Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream, sour cream and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. Place one of the cakes on a platter and spread 1 cup frosting over the top. Top with the remaining cake and frost with the remaining icing. Gently pat the coconut all over the cake. Serve immediately or refrigerate, up to 1 day.

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user Jaded spoon Jaded_spoon - Sep 24, 2012
Hey ya there Ellen, I looked up the cake as it reminded me of one I had seen in Magazines... here is the link, you might be able to use the picture for your recipe. I love the combination of chocolate and coconut and the frosting on this one sounds so nice... it's ont the list to make definately!! Thank you for posting
user Ellen Bales Starwriter - Sep 24, 2012
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user Karla Everett Karla59 - Sep 24, 2012
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user Cassie * 1lovetocook1x - Dec 3, 2012
Looks like a keeper Ellen..pinched..

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