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chocolate nut lovers cake

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Didi Dalaba
Greece, NY

I know, trust me! Scrumptious, moist, dripping with ganache and loaded with nuts... I made this cake with my mom in mind. My mom has the biggest sweet tooth I have ever seen! Her favorite combination is chocolate and nuts, so I figured I would combine the two just for her! I do love my mommy! This is a very easy cake to make. Just a couple of steps and even they are so easy to do. The cake itself is chocolatey and very moist, but not overly sweet because I don't want to take anything away from the star of the show, the amazing ganache filling and frosting!!

(1 rating)
yield 12 -14
prep time 30 Min
cook time 25 Min

Ingredients For chocolate nut lovers cake

  • CAKE
  • 2 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 2
  • 3/4 c
    canola oil
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp
    vinegar (white)
  • 3 c
  • 1/4 c
    + 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 c
    heavy cream
  • 1 c
    semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c
    milk chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp
    kahula liquor or any other coffee liquor (can use vanilla extract if you like)
  • 1 pkg
    turtle chocolates (or any other chocolate caramel nut candy like snickers)
  • 1/4 c
    honey roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 c
    honey roasted peanuts

How To Make chocolate nut lovers cake

  • 1
    -Dice your turtle candies in half and place them in your food processor along with your honey roasted peanuts and roughly chop them, set aside. -Place your topping peanuts in food processor, roughly chop again and set aside. -Preheat oven to 350F.
  • 2
    -In mixer bowl (or with a mixer and a large bowl), add your dry ingredients whisk a few times to make sure cocoa powder is nicely distributed, and then add your wet ingredients. Mix well until well blended. -Pour into 2 greased 9" round cake pans, dividing evenly. Bake 26-28 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pans 15-20 minutes, then unmold onto racks to cool completely.
  • 3
    -Meanwhile, in a 2 quart bowl, combine the heavy cream, semisweet chocolate chips and the milk chocolate chips. Heat in a microwave oven on high for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, or until melted and smooth when stirred. Remove, and stir in the 1 tbsp of Kahlua. -Reserve 3/4 cup of the ganache for frosting on the sides of the cake. To the rest of the still warm ganache, add the turtle (or chocolate bar pieces), stir well. Some of the pieces will remain chunky while others pieces will melt right in, yum!! Set aside to cool. -When the ganache is firm enough to spread, fill stacked cake layers with half of the ganache mixture. Spread remaining mixture evenly over top of cake. Frost sides of cake with the reserved 3/4 cup chocolate mixture. Sprinkle the chopped 1/4 cup peanuts around the edge of the cake to make a border and around the sides. -Refrigerate cake for at least 1-1/2 to 2 hours prior to serving. Grab yourself a milk and enjoy