Hector Manuel Sanchez
Yield
One 3-Layer Cake

Lynette Granade, of Mobile, Alabama, won grand prize in a local cooking contest with this Chocolate-Mint Whipped Cream Cake. To make curls, you’ll need to buy both vanilla- and chocolate-flavored candy coating, available in squares, wafers, or morsels. When we published this recipe in November of 1990, we suggested that you use a green-paste food coloring to tint the vanilla-flavored coating pale green. Some bakers today prefer not to use food coloring, so feel free to leave this out, if you wish. It will not change the delicious taste or beautiful appearance of the cake. You can make the curls a day or two ahead of time, and store them in a cool, dry place. For longer storage, freeze up to three months.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine cocoa and hot water, stirring until smooth.

Step 2

Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.

Step 3

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix after each addition.

Step 4

Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 8-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350˚ for 15 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.

Step 5

Prepare the Whipped Cream Filling: Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium mixing bowl; add a small amount of food coloring to mixture, if desired, and beat until soft peaks form. Spread filling between layers.

Step 6

Prepare the Chocolate Frosting: Combine first 3 ingredients in a mixing bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until mixture is smooth. Add egg white, butter, and vanilla, beat until smooth. Set bowl in a pan of ice water, and beat until frosting is thick enough to spread. Spread on top and sides of cake.

Step 7

Prepare the Marbled Chocolate Curls: melt 12 ounces chocolate-flavored candy coating in a double boiler placed over hot water. Pour onto a smooth surface, such as marble or an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Then melt 12 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating. Stir a small amount of green paste food coloring (if desired) into vanilla coating; pour vanilla coating over chocolate layer. Using a spatula, swirl the two colors to create a marbled effect, covering about a 12- x 9-inch area. Let stand at room temperature until coating cools and feels slightly tacky but is not firm. (If coating is too hard, curls will break; if too soft, coating will curl.) Pull a cheese plane across coating until curl forms.

Step 8

Spread Whipped Cream Filling between layers; spread Chocolate Frosting on top and sides of cake. Garnish, placing curls around outside of cake first, and working to the center.