Again, I followed the recipe as in the Smiths' Family 12 layer cake recipe. But, as I was doing it, I realized I was all out of cocoa. Here's the deal - I do make a list of all thing I need to have in hand before I start making something. And I did it this time too. So, when i made the list, I checked cocoa because I had it in my fridge. I did not realize I had like maybe 2 tbsp left in the box - not enough for the icing recipe mentioned. And I already did my trip to the grocery store and was in no mood to go back again! After cursing at myself a little but, I decided to improvise on the recipe a little bit. I added all the cocoa I had, and then added chocolate chips for the rest. Its all chocolate anyway - how can you go wrong?
To begin, empty a can of evaporated milk in a pan.
Add 3 cups of sugar to the milk.
Add 1 cup(2 sticks) of butter to the pan.
Add the cocoa powder - if you are following the recipe, you should add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. But since I added only about 1/4 cups, I added another 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (milk chocolate) to this. I know the math does not add up - but it seemed right to do!
Mix everything well and bring to a boil.
When the mix has boiled a little, add the chocolate chips so that they melt well quickly.
Bring it all to a boil again. And then turn the stove to a simmer. Keep stirring and you will see that the sauce thickens.
Look at that consistency - now tell me - don't you want to just eat this all up. No cake..no nothing. Just this! Yeah - that's how I felt too.
We now have the layers and the filling ready. Let's look at the assembly of the cake - coming up in Part 3!