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Gelt Double Fudge Cake



2 cups granulated sugar
1¼ cups oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup cocoa, measured then sifted
1½ cups warm, flat cola soda

Chocolate Icing:

½ cup chocolate chips, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons shortening
¾ cup unsalted butter or unsalted margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup cocoa, measured then sifted
3-4 cups confectioner’s sugar, measured then sifted
½ cup water, cola or half-and-half


20 to 30 gold chocolate coins
Coloured jimmies or cake sprinkles
Miniature decorative plastic dreidels


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two 9 inch layer pans and line with parchment paper circles.

Cake: In a large mixing bowl, blend sugar and oil. Add eggs and mix until well blended and mixture is thick and lightened in texture.

In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and cocoa. Fold dry ingredients into wet and mix drizzling in cola as mixture blends. If using an electric mixer, use slow speed and mix about 3 minutes, scraping sides and bottom once to incorporate all ingredients evenly. This is a thin batter.

Bake, on middle oven rack, 35 to 40 minutes, until cakes spring back when lightly touched.

Icing: Cream melted chocolate, shortening, butter and vanilla extract with cocoa and l cup of the confectioner's sugar. Add remaining confectioner's sugar and whip on high speed, adding in a drop of water, cola or half-and-half to get a light fluffy consistency. If not using right away, re-whip before using. Add additional warm water to get correct consistency (a tablespoon at a time).

Decorating: Place one layer on a cardboard circle. Ice this with about ½ inch of frosting. Place top layer and ice cake, sides first. Coat sides with coloured sprinkles. Garnish bottom edge with coins. Garnish top with coins  placing them either flat on top of cake or standing up (you may cut some of the coins in half to garnish border of top layer). Place a couple of miniature dreidels in centre if desired or Chanukah candles (can be lit when menorah is lit).

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