Melt chocolate morsels in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH for 30-second intervals until melted (about 1 1/2 minutes). Stir until smooth.
Beat softened butter and brown sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer about 5 minutes or until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add melted chocolate, beating just until blended.
Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to chocolate mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Gradually add 1 cup hot water in a slow, steady stream, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in vanilla. Spoon batter evenly into 2 greased and floured 10-inch round cake pans.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Spread Peppermint Frosting evenly between cake layers. Spread Chocolate Ganache evenly on top and sides of cake.
Absolutely luscious chocolate cake! I tweaked it a little - used cherry extract instead of the peppermint oil in the filling, and garnished it with dark chocolate-covered cherries. It's a wonderful recipe that can easily be modified to fit the season - or other tastes!
This is such a wonderful cake. But make sure the cake is completely cool before you apply the pepermint frosting or else the frosting will melt and it will make a mess. Also make sure the ganache is pretty cool before pouring it on cake or it will run all over the place. Great cake for a special occasion.
The first time I made this cake, it was an instant favorite! It is the most requested cake for birthdays and events. The cake is so moist and delicious!.... You will have this recipe in your "favorites" folder for sure.
THE CAKE RECIPE IS AWESOME. I HAVE USED THIS PARTICULAR CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT FILLINGS AND FROSTINGS. THIS CAKE ALWAYS GARNERS RAVE REVIEWS FROM EVERYONE. A DEFINITE KEEPER. MOIST, RICH, VELVETY TEXTURE. INCREDIBLE.
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