Festooned with Fruit Chocolate Cake

Festooned with Fruit Chocolate Cake

My favorite is the Devils Food recipe that appears on the Hershey's Cocoa can. But I haven't seen it recently.

My next favorite is this one:
Festooned with Fruit from Chocolate Cakes: Decadent and Delicious (a fabulous tiny book full of only chocolate cake) Hyperion, 1993.

2 cup cake flour
2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
3/4 cup boiling water

For frosting
1-1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pint fresh raspberries (or sliced strawberries)
mint leaves for garnish
cocoa for dusting

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour two 8" round cake pans.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. With electric mixer beat in oil, buttermilk, and eggs on medium speed until well blended. Slowly add the water and beat on medium speed for 1 minute.

Pour the batter into prepared pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tester is clean. Set pans on wire racks to cool for 15 minutes. Turn cakes onto racks to cool completely.

Beat the cream, confectioner's sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.

Place one cake layer on server plate. Spread with half of whipped cream and one-third of the fruit. Place second layer on top and press gently. Top with remaining whipped cream. Garnish with another 1/3 of the berries and mint leaves. Dust surface with cocoa and serve with remaining berries.



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