Recipe: Chocolate Velvet Cake With Coconut-Pecan Frosting

A lavish amount of melted chocolate and sour cream gives these moist cake layers a tender, velvet-textured crumb. You'll find lots of imaginative ways to bake and frost the cake layers listed with the recipe for the batter.

From simple cupcakes to showstopping layer cakes, this easy batter makes a dozen fabulous desserts. Bake one, or try them all.

Mary Allen Perry and Kate Nicholson

A Cake that Bakes 12 Ways:

We came up with one easy-to-make cake batter that bakes to become an incredibly delicious, velvety-rich chocolate cake. Then we paired it with a dozen of our favorite frostings and toppings--one for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Tied with holiday ribbons or garnished with fresh mint and colorful candies, these cakes are doable for anyone--novice or pro.

Related: Tips for Baking a Perfect Pound Cake

Cake Freezing Tips

Melting Morsels

  • Do not stir the morsels until finished microwaving.
  • Melted morsels should retain a glossy sheen and some of their original shape. As you stir the morsels, they will continue to melt, becoming blended and smooth.

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