Monday, March 3, 2008

Chocolate Cake with Turtle filling

YUM!! I just made this last night...everyone LOVED it!! One of the best chocolate cakes I've ever had!!

2/3 cup cocoa
2 1/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules (use pero instead)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened orange juice
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups canola oil or vegetable oil

1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup coconut (optional)
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Set oven to 350 degrees.
Set rack to second-lowest position.

Generously grease and flour a bundt pan (I use my Pan Release for this, make certain to well-grease your pan!).

If using the streusel, mix all streusel ingredients;set aside.

In an extra large mixing bowl, dump ALL cake ingredients; mix well until combined on medium speed of an electric mixer for about 3 minutes.

If layering with streusel, pour half of the cake batter into prepared bundt pan. Sprinkle the streusel mix evenly over batter. Top with remaining cake batter.

Bake for 45-60 minutes (may take a little longer to bake if making the cake with the streusel filling).

Cool in pan for about 15-20 minutes before removing.
Frost or glaze if desired when completely cooled.

Delicious and moist!

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