This is my Inspiration Cake recipe, made with chocolate and pecans. Do you need a little inspiration to get into that kitchen and bake? Well this is it. Total inspiration for a taste tingling chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting.
1 cup Chopped pecans
2 1/4 cups Flour
1 1/2 cups Sugar
4 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2/3 cup Shortening
1 1/4 cups Milk
1 Tb Vanilla
4 Egg whites
2 oz. Semi-sweet chocolate, grated
Inspiration Cake Frosting1/2 cup Sugar
2 oz. Unsweetened dark chocolate
1/4 cup Water
1/2 cup Shortening
1 Tb Vanilla
2 1/4 cups Powdered sugar
1 - 2 Tb Water
Oven Temp ~ 350°
Baking Time ~ 30 to
Pan Type ~ two 9 inch round pans
Sprinkle pecans evenly over bottom of
both pans. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level off. In a large bowl
combine all cake ingredients except egg whites and chocolate. Beat 1 1/2
minutes at medium speed. Add egg whites, beat 1 1/2 minutes. Carefully spoon
1/4 of batter into each nut-lined cake pan. Sprinkle with grated chocolate. Spoon
remaining batter over grated chocolate, spread carefully. Bake until golden
brown and top springs back when touched lightly in the center.
Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pans.
In a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup sugar, unsweetened chocolate and 1/4 cup water, cook over low heat until melted, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat, let cool. In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup shortening and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar until well blended. Reserve 1/3 cup white frosting.
To remaining frosting add the cooled chocolate, remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar and enough water for desired spreading consistency.
To assemble cake, place one layer nut side up on a serving plate. Spread top with about 1/2 cup chocolate frosting. Top with remaining layer, nut side up. Frost sides and 1/2 inch around top edge of cake with remaining chocolate frosting.
If necessary, thin reserved white frosting with enough water for desired piping consistency. Pipe around edge of nuts on top of cake.
Did you say you're on a diet?
No desserts for 20 years?
Do you pass the cake and candy sections
With some heartfelt sighs and tears?
Go ahead !! Bake those gooey
Sticky sweet forbidden things.
But first put on your jogging outfit.
Your tennis shoes and exercise fling.
Run in place while stirring;
Time your cakes with jumping jacks.
Ten deep knee bends between ingredients.
Use that kitchen for a workout track.
And when you're out of breath and panting.
Pot holders around your prize.
Jog to the nearest 90 pound neighbor
And leave her your 1000 calorie surprise!