Yumm ….. that’s what best describes this incredible layer cake. It’s chocolate heaven with a touch of coconut and pecans. It couldn’t get any better.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cpus unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 3 – 8-inch pans or 2 – 9-inch pans by spraying the bottom and sides and lining the bottom with parchment paper.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside
- Whisk together boiling water and cocoa, whisking until smooth. Whisk in milk and vanilla.
- Beat butter at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add in the brown sugar, beating on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time.
- With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients alternately with cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Pour batter equally into prepared pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until a pick comes out clean. Using a pastry brush, brush on bourbon equally on top of all layers. Let cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to fully cool. Frost with two-part frosting.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 32 oz. powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups pecans, chopped and toasted
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 2 tbsp milk, divided
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- Beat butter at medium speed until creamy. With mixer on low speed, gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating until blended. Add 1/2 cup milk and vanilla, beating until blended.
- Gradually add remaining powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Remove 2 1/2 cups frosting, and place in a separate bowl; stirring in coconut, pecans and an additional 1 tbsp milk. Use this frosting as the filling between the layers.
- Using the reserved frosting, add cocoa and remaining 1 tbsp milk. Beat until blended and then frost the top and sides of cake. Top the cake with a few whole toasted pecans.