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Ha! Cha! Cha! Cake

Recipe: Ha! Cha! Cha! Cake

Remarks:

    This dessert is almost as easy as tossing things in the mixer and letting it fly. The tricky part might be the frosting, depending which one you choose. The Whipped Ganache is not for the complete rookie, but that's only because you have to be careful to turn the mixer off at the right point. If the thought of that scares you, look up the recipe for Ganache (French Chocolate Glaze or Frosting) or for the Ghirardelli Whipped Cream Frosting. Both of those are in the dessert section and are super simple. Either will taste great on the cake.

Ingredients:

    1 box Devil's food cake mix
    1 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
    1 cup water
    3 eggs
    2 tsp cinnamon
    2/3 cup frozen mini chocolate chips
    2 Tbl red pepper jelly

Instructions:

    Put all of the ingredients except the chips, the pepper jelly in a mixing bowl. Mix on Low to incorporate the ingredients. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. Now start the mixer again on Medium High and let it run a full two minutes. Add the chocolate chips and slowly mix them in just until combined. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9 X 13-inch pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Test for doneness with a toothpick. If no batter sticks to the toothpick when you stick it in the middle, the cake is done.

    After the cake cools you're going to slice it in half across to make two rectangles of 6-1/2 X 9 inches. Place one rectangle on your serving platter. Spread the red pepper jelly on top of the first layer. Use a frosting spreader or knife and do it gently. Two tablespoons is about the right amount. You are only trying to put a glaze layer on the cake. The pepper jelly has a real kick to it so you don't need a lot.

    Next, prepare the frosting you've decided to use. Then put a gentle layer of frosting over your pepper jelly. Place your second layer of cake over your first layer. Now put a layer of frosting over each of the ends of the cake where you cut it in two. You want those areas covered so you don't have crumbs dragged over your finished cake. Then liberally cover your cake with the remaining frosting. Don't be fancy. Just put it on in fluffy peaks. If you prepared the Whipped Ganache frosting, finish up by drizzling the dark chocolate frosting on top.

Serving Suggestions:

    It's nice to serve it the first time without refrigeration. The taste is amazing! After that, the leftovers served even right from the refrigerator are a real taste treat! The zing from the pepper jelly and the exotic flavor of the cinnamon will make your taste buds jump, and your guests will really be surprised by something different.

Enjoy!

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