The Olive Garden® Chocolate Lasagna
- 6 cups cake flour
- 5 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 1/4 cups Hershey.'s Cocoa
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 4 1/2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cup butter
- 12 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Butter Cream Frosting
- 1 1/2 cup butter, softened (3 sticks)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Cake: Heat oven to 350 F. Grease three 10-inch springform pans. In mixing bowl, stir together sifted cake flour, sugar, Hershey.'s Cocoa and baking soda. Add butter and mix well. Add milk, eggs and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Pour about 5 cups of the cake batter into each prepared pan. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before you remove the cake from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
2. When cake is cool, make butter cream frosting by first whipping the soft butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. Add two cups of the powdered sugar, mix well, then add remaining powdered sugar. Add 1/4 cup of whole milk and vanilla, then mix on high speed for 2 minutes or until frosting is smooth and creamy.
3. Turn cake out of the pan onto wax paper. Using both hands, carefully flip the cake over, so that it's right-side-up, onto another strip of wax paper. We'll start at the bottom slice. Frost the bottom layer of cake with approximately 1/3 of the buttercream frosting. Break the chilled semi-sweet chocolate into little bits that are a tad smaller than chocolate chips. A good way to do this is to put the chilled chocolate into a large zip-top bag, then use the handle of a butter knife to smash the unsuspecting chocolate into pieces. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the chocolate bits over the frosting on the bottom layer.
4. Put the next section onto the bottom layer. Frost the new layer as you did with the first layer, adding chocolate bits as well.
5. Carefully reassemble the top section on the rest of the cake. If you have a large bulge in the center of the cake, you may wish to slice that off so that the cake is flatter on top. Throw that slice away. Frost the top of the cake with the remaining frosting, then sprinkle on the remaining chocolate bits.
6. The cake is served as triangular slices. Chill any cake you don't eat that day.