Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake

Pam Rush
Salina, Kansas

Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake

2-8oz pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1/2 c. sour cream
2T. almond flavored liqueur
garnish: sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 300°.  Line a 9-inch round baking pan with aluminum foil, letting edges of foil extend over sides of pan.  Lightly grease the foil.  In large bowl, beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.  Add sugar, beating until smooth.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.  Stir in sour cream and liqueur.  Pour batter into prepares pan.  Bake 45 minutes then turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in oven with door closed for another hour.  Let the cheesecake cool completely in its pan on a wire rack then cover and chill for 4 hours.  Using edges of foil as handles, remove cheesecake from pan and peel away foil.

Chocolate Cake
1 pkg. chocolate cake mix
1/2 c. almond flavored liqueur
1/2 c. water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour 2 (9 inch) round cake pans.  In large bowl, combine cake mix, liqueur, water, oil and eggs.  Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.  Divide batter evenly between the 2 prepared pans.  Bake 20 minutes or until a wooden picked inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in pans 10 minutes.  Turn out onto wire racks and let cool completely.

Chocolate Almond Frosting
1 c. butter, softened
12oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
3T. almond flavored liqueur
6c. confectioners’ sugar

In a large bowl, beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer intil creamy.  Add chocolate, beating until combined.  Beat in almond liqueur and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy.  Assembly: spread a layer of frosting on top of chocolate cake.  Next, layer  cheesecake and top with chocolate icing.  Place second chocolate cake and ice with frosting on top and on the sides.  Sprinkle almonds on side or top.

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