Sunday, September 11, 2011

Caroline Holliday Bellefleur's Chocolate Cake as told to Charlaine Harris recipe from Sookie Stackhouse companion book

You will love this book soo much. Betcha you didn't expect the dates!

Caroline Holliday Bellefleur's Chocolate Cake

Time: 2 hours, Serves 12

1 package Swansdown Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix (or Duncan Hines, if you can't find Swansdown anymore)
1 package (8 oz.) seedless dates
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. shortening
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. brewed coffee
1 cups chopped pecans

1. Mix the cake mix and bake in a greased 9x13 glass pan, following the box directions.

2. Cook the dates, water and sugar in a double boiler for 30-40 minutes. Spread on top of cooled cake.

3. While the date mixture is cooling on the cake, mix together the confectioners' sugar, salt, shortening, vanilla, coffee and pecans. Spread on top of the cake. Sometimes I use pecan halves to create a pattern to make it look prettier.

- From Caroline Bellefleur, as told to Charlaine Harris