4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons plus 1-1/4 cups butter, softened, divided
2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, optional
3/4 cup butter, softened
6-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 to 2/3 cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over barely simmering water, melt chocolate and 3 tablespoons butter; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 375°. Line bottoms of three greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
In a large bowl, cream remaining butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition.
Remove 2 cups batter to a small bowl; stir in cooled chocolate mixture and, if desired, chocolate chips until blended. Drop plain and chocolate batters by tablespoonfuls into prepared pans, dividing batters evenly among pans. To make batter level in pans, bang cake pans several times on counter.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
For frosting, in a large bowl, cream butter until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach desired consistency.
If cake layers have rounded tops, trim with a serrated knife to make level. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake.
Drop cooled chocolate by 1/2 teaspoonfuls over frosting. Using a large offset spatula, smear chocolate to create a marble design in frosting. Yield: 16 servings.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes
What you need
150g unsalted butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 orange, zest and juice
3/4 cup Sunbeam Coconut Meal
500g Sunbeam MIxed Fruit
80g Sunbeam Pistachios
Preheat oven to 150°C.
Double line a 20cm round tin with baking paper.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
Stir in zests, juices, coconut meal, mixed fruit and pistachios.
Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
1 1/2 cups hot water
250 gms butter
200 gms dark cooking chocolate
1/4 cups cocoa powder
2 cups caster sugar
2 egg lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
STEP 1 In a saucepan over low heat melt together, butter, cocoa, chocolate, sugar, vanilla and hot water.
STEP 2 When cooled add flour and eggs and mix well. The mixture will be very runny.
STEP 3 Pour into a lined 30 cm cake tin and bake at 150C for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
STEP 4 Allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning out.
STEP 5 When cool sprinkle with icing sugar.
STEP 6 May be served re-heated in the microwave or cool with cream or ice cream.