Yum!! This cake is just pure fun and pleasure, and very simple! Again, I simply baked a boxed chocolate cake mix according to package directions except I always substitute applesauce for the oil in equal proportions. It turns out much moister this way. (And in a very small way, negates just a bit the buttercream icing!)
I baked this cake for my family in a large baking dish, about 12x15 inches, and let it cool. I then placed some buttercream icing in a pastry decorating bag with the star tip and simple inserted the tip into the cake to almost the depth of the cake. It's really just to the end of where the decorating tip meets the bag, this is single layer cake, so that worked well. I tried to make evenly spaced rows of icing, but like my Mom used to say when I was planting rows of veggies in the garden...I can't make a straight row!! This too, will be iced so I think the surprise of pockets of icing in the cake will make up for my crooked rows!
My kids are chocoholics, so I added a light drizzle of Hershey's Syrup directly over the cake.
I used the star tip to ice the cake also, in long zig zag rows to cover the cake, and drizzled more Hershey's Syrup at my daughter's request on top to give it a finished look. This cake is awesome...first, very moist with a couple nice levels of chocolate taste to satisfy my chocoholic family, and is very pretty, an very simple to make. Again, an easy and quick dessert that looks like it was harder than it was. This was so easy, and so simple, there's not much reason to buy a store bought cake!!
Enjoy!! 'Til next time...have a great day! :)