|Ever since The Blog Tech was a little boy, he has loved seafood. Since it was his birthday, I made him one of his favorite dishes.....waterzooi. This is a Belgian dish which we fell in love with when we traveled there. A funny name which means simmering water.|
|The Blog Tech loves chocolate, I don't. But since it was his birthday, I made him what he wanted. He was very happy. Here is the recipe:|
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water
1 1/4 cups butter
1 1/4 cups shortening
9 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder
4-5 T. milk
1/2 C. raspberry jam
1. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom, and grease the sides.
2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together.
3. Add eggs, buttermilk and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Add vanilla to boiling water and add to mixture. Mix well.
5. Pour into three 8 inch cakes pans and bake at 300 degrees for about 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
6. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
7. Make icing while cakes cool. Beat together butter and shortening until smooth.
8. Slowly add 4 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
9. Add vanilla and 1-2 tbsp water or milk and mix until smooth.
10. Add another 5 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
11. Add cocoa and mix until smooth.
12. Add more water or milk until the right consistency.
13. Once cakes are cool, place the first layer on a cake plate surrounded by waxed paper.
14. Brush the layer with raspberry jam which you have melted in the microwave. Spread about 3/4 cup of icing on top in an even layer.
15. Add second layer of cake and spread with jam and add another 3/4 cup of icing on top in an even layer.
16. Add final layer of cake on top and ice the outside of the cake.
17. Finish of with sprinkles or other decoration.
|I piped icing around the bottom and top edges and then pressed jimmies into the top.|
|I made this for lunch yesterday and it sure was good. This is the first time I've made these rolls but it won't be the last.|