Double-Deep-Chocolate Hanukkah Layer Cake

180 mins (prep 40)
15 ingredients
makes 10 to 12 servings
A supermoist chocolate cake encased between layers of rich chocolate frosting is at once both a decadent treat and one of life's simple pleasures. And "simple" is an important descriptor here. Because it's an oil-based cake—like carrot cake—it doesn't involve equipment any more complicated than a whisk and a bowl. Two stealth ingredients make this dessert different: unsweetened coconut milk and instant espresso powder. The former is amazing in its ability to add richness to the cake and stand in for cream in the ganache without overwhelming the dessert with coconut flavor. Espresso powder in the frosting magically highlights the depth of the chocolate. Because this cake happens to be dairy-free, it's perfect for Hanukkah, and a godsend for anyone dealing with lactose intolerance. But the cake is so incredibly delicious, no one will notice the lack of cream and butter. They'll be too busy asking for seconds and thirds.

Categories:  hanukkah , birthday , entertaining , kid--friendly , party , family-reunion ,
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Serving Size (112.83 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 414.87 Calories from Fat 161.91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17.99g 276.84%
Saturated Fat 1.36g 67.85%
Trans Fat 0.46g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 338.09mg 140.87%
Total Carbohydrate 62.43g 208.11%
Dietary Fiber 0.68 g 27.07%
Sugars 43.09 g %
Protein 2.58g 51.65%
Vitamin A 0.5IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 59.33mg% Iron 1.29mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
plus, unsweetened cocoa powder, natural, unsweetened coconut milk, large eggs, pure vanilla extract, unsweetened coconut milk, instant espresso powder, pure vanilla extract, special equipment