Prep Time: 40 mins | Inactive Time: 2 hrs 15 mins | Cook Time: 1 hr 50 mins | Total Time: 4 hrs 50 mins | Yield: 24 Cupcakes / Two 9-inch layer cakes
This will be the best cake you will ever have! I kid you not! Give it a try and taste it yourself. Enjoy!
4 oz baker’s chocolate (recommend: Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate)
1/2 c water
2 c cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2-lb unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
4 Eggs, separated
1 c buttermilk
Favourite chocolate frosting, for the sides
1 1/2 c evaporated milk
5 Egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 c granulated sugar
1 c brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c butter
2 1/2 c flaked coconut
2 c toasted pecans
Step 1: Put the water and chocolate in a microwavable bowl, and then place it inside the microwave. Heat until the chocolate has melted completely.
Step 2: Remove from the microwave and stir until well combined.
Step 3: In another mixing bowl, sift the cake flour, baking soda, and salt.
Step 4: Prepare the oven and preheat to 175 degrees C or 350 degrees F.
Step 5: Put the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until creamy.
Step 6: Add in the egg yolks gradually and beat every addition.
Step 7: Add in the melted chocolate and beat until well blended.
Step 8: Add in the buttermilk and flour mixture, and then stir until well mixed.
Step 9: In a small mixing bowl, add the egg whites and beat until it forms a stiff peak.
Step 10: Transfer the beaten egg whites into the batter and stir until well combined.
Step 11: Transfer the batter into two 9-inch cake pans and spread it evenly.
Step 12: Place the pans inside the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean after inserting it in the middle of each cake.
Step 13: Remove the cakes from the oven and let them sit on a wire rack to cool at room temperature.
Step 1: Place a cake on a serving plate and generously spread pecan/caramel filling on top.
Step 2: Top it with the second cake and spread the frosting on top of it as well.
Step 3: Spread the dark chocolate frosting on top and slice it into even pieces.
Step 4: Serve and enjoy!
To Make the Coconut-Pecan Filling:
Step 1: In a large saucepan, add the milk, beaten egg yolks, vanilla, brown sugar, butter, and granulated sugar.
Step 2: Place the pan on the stove and turn the heat to low.
Step 3: Adjust the heat to medium once the butter has melted. Make sure to stir from time to time.
Step 4: Cook the filling for about 10 minutes or until thick.
Step 5: Remove from the heat and add in the pecans and coconut.
Step 6: Let the filling sit at room temperature to cool.
Step 7: Frost the cake with the filling.
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