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Maple-Walnut Chocolate Cake

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Maple-Walnut Chocolate Cake
  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 50 min
  • Servings 12
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This cake packs on the flavor: beneath the rich maple-walnut frosting is devil's food chocolate. The walnuts and maple syrup garnish make this fall-inspired dessert a real show-stopper.

Ingredients

Cake

1
box devil’s food cake mix with pudding
Water, oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

Frosting

3
cups powdered sugar
1/2
cup butter, softened
4
to 6 tablespoons maple syrup
3
tablespoons whipping cream

Filling

1
cup walnut halves
1
to 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Decorations, if desired

Chocolate leaves
Chopped walnuts
Maple syrup

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Generously grease 2 (8- or 9-inch) round pans. Make cake mix as directed on box using water, oil and eggs. Pour into pans.
  • 2 Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • 3 In large bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed until blended. Stir in 4 tablespoons maple syrup and the whipping cream. Beat until smooth and spreadable, adding additional 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup if necessary for desired consistency. If frosting is too thick, beat in more maple syrup, a few drops at a time.
  • 4 In small food processor, place walnuts and 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Cover; process until mixture forms a smooth paste. Stir in 1/3 cup of the frosting until well combined.
  • 5 On serving plate, place 1 cake layer top side down. Fill cake with walnut filling. Top with second layer top side up. Frost cake with frosting. Use a teaspoon to make S-shaped swirls on sides and top of cake. Top with chocolate leaves, chopped walnuts and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Tips  

To make chocolate leaves for the cake, melt about 1/4 cup chocolate candy melts or candy coating. With basting brush, brush the back side of mint leaves with the melted candy. Let stand on waxed or parchment paper until set. Repeat if thicker leaves are desired. Carefully peel chocolate away from leaves; place on cake.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
520
(
Calories from Fat
240
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
40%
(
Saturated Fat
9g
44%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
70mg
24%
Sodium
390mg
16%
Potassium
160mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
66g
22%
(
Dietary Fiber
1g
6%
,
Sugars
35g
)
Protein
4g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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