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This elegant 4-layer cake can complement a more "grown up" occasion.
If you would like to decrease the fat and calories in this recipe, use the alternative ingredients (in parenthesis).
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour1 3/4 cups sugar1/4 teaspoon baking powder1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon salt2/3 cups butter, softened (or 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce and 1/3 cup vegetable oil)4 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate, melted1 1/4 cups water1 teaspoon vanilla extract3 eggs (or 6 egg whites)Grated sweet chocolate*
1 1/2 4-ounce bars sweet chocolate3/4 cup butter, softened (or 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and 1/4 cup vegetable oil)1/2 cup chopped, toasted almonds (optional)*
2 cups heavy whipping cream (or 2 cups fat-free half and half)Other alternatives for heavy whipping cream include 2 cups Greek yogurt, or 16 ounces low-fat cottage cheese with 6 tablespoons non-fat powdered milk pureed for 5 minutes in a blender.1 teaspoon sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*Option not included in nutrition facts.