Happy New Year Foodhearts! Let’s sign off 2010 with a bang! This elegant chocolate cake is a beautiful to serve at your New Years Eve get together. I’m taking mine over to a NYE pre-party potluck dinner tonight (spoiler alert to my buddies). See you in the new year-with a week full of low-fat recipes. Gym starts Saturday morning right?


(2) 9″ Round Pans
(2) tsp Vanilla extract
(2 1/4) c. Sugar
(1) tsp. Vegetable Oil
(4) Eggs
(2 sticks/1 cup) Butter-Room Temp
(1/2) tsp Baking Powder
(2) tsp. Baking Soda
(2 3/4) Flour
(1 1/2 c.) Milk Chocolate Chips
(1 1/4) c. Cocoa powder-unsweetened
(2) c. Buttercream chocolate or chocolate frosting
(2) c. Boiling Water
Pinch of Salt

5,4,3,2,1! Set oven to 350

(1) Beat together sugar & butter until fluffy.  Add in the eggs one by one, mixing thoroughly.

(2) Place cocoa powder into another bowl and pour boiling water on top.  Mix well and let cool.


(3) Add baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and salt to the butter mixture.

(4)  Slowly add the chocolate mixture to the flour mixture. Make sure some of the chocolate mixture has blended well with the flour ingredients before adding more chocolate.



(5) Spray the 2 9″ inch pans with non stick spray and divide the batter in half.  Bake cake for 25 minutes or until you stick a fork in it and it comes out clean.



(6) When the cake is almost cooled but still a little warm, flip the cakes backward on to plate or work surface.  Working on the cakes bottom use a teaspoon to dig out a small flat circle from both cakes.  The circle should be about 3/4 inch deep and about the size from your middle finger to your thumb if you making a circle with your hands.  Pour in 3/4 of a cup of chocolate chips into each open circle space. Push down on the chocolate chips a little so they melt and ooze into the chocolate cake.  Fridgerate both cakes for one hour.

(7) When completely cooled frost one of the cakes. Place the second cake on top and work around the edges of the entire cake covering everything besides the top cakes circle of chocolate chips. (You can use some extra chocolate chips here to cover any lines left over from the cut outs of the center of the cake)

(8) Heat a small pot of water.  Once boiling place a heat-safe bowl on top with the remainder of the chocolate chips and vegetable oil in it.  Stir frequently, melting the chocolate chips and then drizzle on top of top circle of chocolate chips.

Place on a cake platter and serve.  You can add berries around the cake platter to give the dessert more color if you desire.  Happy 2011!