Sunday, September 19, 2010

The "When Harry Met Sally" chocolate cake (or, is it okay to take a "Better than Sex" cake to the church picnic?)

I love chocolate cake. No, let me rephrase that -- I LOVE chocolate cake.


Today is the day of our annual church picnic. I always bring a salad and dessert, often trying a new recipe. I spent yesterday afternoon looking through my recipe files, hoping for a bit of chocolate inspiration. I didn't find anything new. Rather, I found something old--a yellowed clipping from a newspaper, all but forgotten at the bottom of my card file. And what an intriuging name--"Better than Sex" cake.


...OK. I'll make no comment, either now or later. Let's just get busy baking:


Better-Than-Sex Chocolate Cake
1 cake mix (ANY chocolate flavor will do)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1 jar ice cream topping (see note below)
1 small carton frozen whipped topping, thawed


Prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Bake in a 9x13-inch baking pan and let cool for about 10 minutes.


Poke 12 evenly-spaced holes in the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill the holes with the condensed milk. This will take a few minutes. You will need to fill the holes one at a time, wait a moment while the milk soaks in, and then repeat the process until all of the milk is used.


Next cover the top of the cake with the ice cream topping. Place the cake in the freezer for about 20 minutes. This will allow the ice cream topping to firm up a bit. Remove the cake from the freezer and cover with the whipped topping.


That's it--cover the cake and store in the refrigerator.


By the way, if this does not provide enough decadance for you, you can always sprinkle butter brickle bits, walnuts, mini chocolate chips, or sprinkles on the whipped topping.


Note re. ice cream topping--you can use any flavor you want.
Chocolate fudge, caramel, butterscotch, etc.

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