Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna – My Version

October 13, 2008 at 12:47 am | Posted in Cakes, chocolate, Dessert | 3 Comments

I really am not a big “chain” restaurant fan.  I love the little hole in the wall restaurants that no one has ever even heard of.  However, one of my favorite desserts of all time is from Olive Garden.  It is their “chocolate lasagna” which I am not even sure that they still make.  I knew for my dinner party I wanted to make a memorable dessert so I decided to try to tackle this one.  I found a recipe for it on www.cdkitchen.com.  I started looking at the recipe and almost had a heart attack – 12 eggs?!?  Really?!  3 sticks of butter?!  12 cups of powdered sugar?!  I wasn’t sure about it, but I decided to give it a go.  This turned out to be the HUGEST cake ever.  Seriously.  This cake was so big for just an everyday dessert.  I literally had to put some muscle into this when trying to cut through it to get a slice.  Without further adieu…

Ingredients

***Cake***
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***
2/3 cup water
4 tablespoons meringue powder (You can buy this at Michael’s or anywhere that sells Wilton)
12 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 1/4 cup shortening
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon clear almond extract
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
1 teaspoon colorless butter flavor (Again, a Wilton product – I ordered on ebay)

Directions

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.

 Serve.

Mrs. Pig Rating:  This cake was pretty good and the presentation is insane, however I probably won’t make it again unless someone asks for it specially.  It takes a lot of time and it’s honestly that THE best dessert I’ve ever had.  Olive Garden’s version is better.  : )

Dinner Party Guest Rating:  They couldn’t believe how massive this cake was.  I think everyone liked the icing better than anything – it was super good!

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  1. Wow April – that’s crazy! 🙂 You must have worked very hard at putting that together. I’m impressed. It looks very moist and rich! 🙂

  2. Holy chocolate batman. That dessert looks sinful. It doesn’t even fit on the plate! LOL
    /Clara

  3. Michele – It was definitely crazy and super hard putting it together!!! I file this under, “never again unless absolutely necessary” LOL

    CB – It was super sinful. I can’t even think about the calories.


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