In the spirit of Valentine's Day, since I only put up one little decoration, I thought I'd share the gift of chocolate with you.
This is one of my favorite go-to recipes for company, and I almost always have the ingredients on hand. Back when I was teaching, probably around 15 years ago, one of my colleagues invited me to a Southern Living Cooking School event in Fort Worth. It was a fun evening and they sent us home with a cookbook full of their delicious recipes. This one is super easy and quick, with an impressive Wow! factor if you put a tiny bit of effort into the presentation.
Southern Living's Triple Chocolate Pound Cake
1 box Devil's Food cake mix
1 6 oz. package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 12 oz. package semisweet chocolate chips
1 6 oz. package semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. whipping cream
garnish: pecan halves and strawberries
**I omit the 6 oz. bag of chocolate chips and divide the 12 oz. bag for the cake and the glaze. I also substiture Half & Half or even milk for the cream and only use about 1/4 c.
*Combine first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Stir 12 oz. package of chocolate chips into the batter (I only add about 2/3 of the bag and save the rest for the glaze). Pour batter into a 10 inch Bundt pan that has been greased and lightly floured (a coat of cooking spray is sufficient). Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.
Don't overcook, a toothpick in the center will not come out clean.
*Cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then invert on a cooling rack and cool completely.
*Combine remaining chocolate chips and cream in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring just until morsels are melted (the melt chocolate feature on the microwave works well for this step). Drizzle glaze over cake and garnish with pecans and strawberries if desired.
This is a versatile cake, it's great alone or better with a scoop of ice cream! If not eating it right away while it's still warm, it's always better to warm your slice in the microwave just a bit. You want that glaze to be warm and gooey!
That's all there is to it! Try it and let me know what you think.
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