Today is my husband Bob’s birthday and it’s been a bit of a bust because our daughter Courtney just got out of the hospital last night after being there since Saturday night when she fell off a zipline and fractured her wrist and sacrum and her pelvis in two places but I did manage to make him a birthday cake and get him three different kinds of one of his favorite food which is shrimp (cilantro lime shrimp, shrimp cocktail and shrimp salad, all from Costco) so his day hasn’t been all bad. This cake is from the Chocolate Cake Dr cookbook which I believe I’ve already professed my love for!
1 (18.25 oz) package plain butter recipe fudge cake mix (I could only find a butter recipe chocolate cake mix so that’s what I used)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups (about 28 which is 1 whole package) Andes chocolate mints, broken in half
powdered sugar for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 325. Spray 10″ tube pan with Pam for baking.
2. Beat cake mix, cream cheese, water, oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla on low for 1 minute then on medium for 2 minutes. Batter should be well combined. Fold in mint pieces until they are well incorporated. Pour batter into pan, smoothing it out with a spatula.
3. Bake until cake springs back when lightly touched with finger and is just starting to pull away from sides of pan, about 58 – 62 minutes. Let cool on wire rack for 20 minutes. Invert onto serving platter and let cool for additional 20 minutes. Top with powdered sugar or glaze.
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
Place chips, butter and syrup in microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes. Whisk until butter and chocolate are melted and glaze is smooth and spreadable. (Or you can put ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium then remove from heat and whisk until smooth). Drizzle over top of cake.
I bought an additional package of Andes mints and chopped up about 10 of them with my Food Chopper and sprinkled them over the top of the glaze.