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This three-layer Hershey Cake is topped with miniature Hershey bars and chocolate shavings. The recipe uses a German chocolate cake mix as its base. You can sample cakes and other chocolate desserts at the 15th annual Chocolate & Dessert Festival to benefit The Arc of Morgan County and its puppets and disability awareness programs.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
This three-layer Hershey Cake is topped with miniature Hershey bars and chocolate shavings. The recipe uses a German chocolate cake mix as its base. You can sample cakes and other chocolate desserts at the 15th annual Chocolate & Dessert Festival to benefit The Arc of Morgan County and its puppets and disability awareness programs.

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Alabama Blues Brothers, Tina Turner look-alike to perform at festival to benefit Arc of Morgan County

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com · 340-2446

What's your favorite chocolate dessert?

The Alabama Blues Brothers and Tina Turner look-alike hope to get a taste of their favorites at The Arc of Morgan County's 15th annual Chocolate & Dessert Festival on Sunday at Colonial Mall in Decatur.

Ashley Bracken, left, Shea Griffin and Amber Bracken eat chocolate with the Alabama Blues Brothers, Jamey Crisler and Justin Crisler. The chocolate will be featured at The Arc of Morgan County's Chocolate & Dessert Festival on Sunday.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Ashley Bracken, left, Shea Griffin and Amber Bracken eat chocolate with the Alabama Blues Brothers, Jamey Crisler and Justin Crisler. The chocolate will be featured at The Arc of Morgan County's Chocolate & Dessert Festival on Sunday.
The Blues Brothers are the masters of ceremonies and will start the event at 1 p.m. with favorites such as "Soul Man."

Later, while others entertain, they will try to sneak in a few tastes of chocolate.

"Simple, homemade chocolate brownies are my favorite," said Justin Crisler.

His brother, Jamey Crisler, is a cake man, but not just any cake will do.

"I prefer, like any blues man would, Mississippi Mud Cake," he said. "But I haven't had any in a while."

Dorothy Cole of Decatur will put on her Tina Turner costume — red fringe and sequins with fishnet hose — to sing her specialty, "Rollin' on the River," and other songs at 3 p.m.

"Cake, especially the all-chocolate kind, is my favorite," she said, as she sampled a chocolate-on-chocolate type, one of several treats prepared by Arc board members and supporters.

Arc board member Judy Stafford said a Hershey Cake is a new favorite with her family.

"I've just started making this recipe, and my girls, Ashley and Amber, really like it," she said.

The Hershey Cake recipe, which uses a German chocolate cake mix as its base, can be made in a rectangular pan, but she said it's much better as a three-layer cake — with more eye appeal for the miniature Hershey bars.

Ireta Hogan, an Arc board member, chose a rectangular pan for her Easy Chocolate Cake, which includes coconut and chopped nuts atop a mixture of devil's food cake mix, chocolate and butterscotch morsels and sweetened condensed milk.

Mark Griffin, Arc executive director, says Filled Chocolate Dome Cake is his favorite. He provided the recipe, which he said isn’t too hard to make but can impress friends. Prepare it a day ahead so the flavors — including rum, cocoa, sour cream, whipping cream and currant jelly — have time to meld.

Mechelle Henderson, program director for the Arc, shared the recipe for her favorite: Mud Pie. This easy-to-make frozen dessert includes crushed chocolate wafer cookies, coffee ice cream and fudge topping.

Hershey Cake

1 box German chocolate cake mix

Icing:

8 ounces cream cheese
12 ounces whipped cream
1/2 pound Hershey chocolate bar with almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Garnishes:

1 small Hershey’s bar without almonds
Miniature Hershey’s chocolate bars

Bake German chocolate cake in three layers, following directions on box.

Crush or sliver the 1/2 pound Hershey’s bar for use in icing. Mix together ingredients for icing; spread ingredients between layers and on top of cake.

Decorate top of cake by sprinkling shavings of small Hershey’s chocolate bar on top and accenting with miniature Hershey’s chocolate bars.

Easy Chocolate Cake

1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 stick butter or margarine, softened
1 11-ounce bag butterscotch morsels
1 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

Mix cake mix and butter or margarine with a fork until crumbly. Pat in a greased 9x13-inch pan.

Layer on top of cake mixture, in order, the butterscotch morsels, chocolate morsels, coconut and nuts. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, until top is lightly browned.

Mud Pie

25 chocolate wafer cookies
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 gallon coffee ice cream, softened
1/4 cup fudge topping (from 11-ounce jar)
Whipped cream
Toasted sliced almonds

Crush cookies and combine crumbs and butter in bowl, using a fork to cut in butter. Press firmly over bottom and sides of 9-inch pie plate and chill.

Soften ice cream slightly in a chilled bowl, until it’s easy to spread. Spoon into chilled crust and smooth the surface. Freeze until firm.

Drizzle fudge topping over pie and freeze. To serve, top with whipped cream and toasted almonds.

Filled Chocolate Dome Cake

6 large eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons rum

Filling:

1 pint whipping cream
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons currant jelly
Chocolate frosting of your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the inside of a 9-inch colander with well-buttered foil. Beat egg whites until stiff; add 1/4 cup sugar and beat for two minutes. Set aside in a cool place.

Cream together egg yolks, sour cream and remaining sugar; fold in flour and cocoa alternately with beaten egg whites.

Pour mixture into lined colander and bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake 30 to 35 minutes, until cake springs back when touched. Cool, leaving cake in colander.

Cut off top of cake in the shape of a circle, about 1-inch deep; set aside. Carefully scoop out insides of cake, leaving 1-inch crust all around. Sprinkle scooped-out cake with rum.

Filling: Whip cream until stiff; gently fold in cocoa and sugar to taste. Put 3/4 of filling into cake cavity, along with sliced insides of cake. Cover with cut-off top.

Turn cake onto platter; carefully peel off foil. Spread outside with currant jelly. Pour chocolate frosting over top and cool in refrigerator. When frosting is hard, decorate cake with remaining filling, using a decorator bag. Serves 6 to 10.

If you go

What: 15th annual Chocolate & Dessert Festival benefiting The Arc of Morgan County and its Kids on the Block (puppets and disability awareness programs)

When: Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Colonial Mall, Decatur, near Parisian

Tickets: $5 (children under 10 free); for information Monday-Friday, call The Arc, 355-6192

Desserts and participating businesses at press time: Chocolate Wave, peanut-butter fudge brownies, famous chocolate cake, maple butter blondies, raspberry puff pastry, chocolate caramel gourmet apples, blackberry cobbler, cream puffs and eclairs, tiramisu and other goodies from Mel’s Sweet Treats, Red Lobster, O’Charley’s, Applebee’s, Decatur General Hospital/Morrison, Apple Lane Farms, Barnhill’s, Casual Gourmet, TCBY, Market Street Café & Deli, Logan’s Roadhouse, Café 113, Bourbon Street Candy Co., Pepsi Cola, and Milk Products of Alabama.

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