Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna

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Menu Description: "Layers of rich chocolate cake and sweet buttercream icing."

The cake mix has cherry flavoring mixed in and the buttercream frosting between the layers is made from scratch, but the real secret to this Top Secret Recipe is how we put it all together. You've got to make two slices through the edge of the baked cake to create the three thin layers, so you'll want to use a long serrated knife. Lay down some wax paper under the cake to help you turn the cake while you slice. Slide the whole thing over near the edge of the counter so that you can more easily keep the knife parallel to the countertop. You can use your favorite chocolate cake mix for the recipe, but be sure not to use one with pudding in it or one that is "extra moist" (Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe is one such brand). These mixes make slicing and layering difficult because the baked cake falls apart so easily.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 15.25-ounce box dark chocolatecake mix (not too moist)
  • 1 1/4 cups water
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Jo Ann
Nov 20, 2005, 22:00

This is the only dessert that I like to eat at Olive Garden. I, too, thought it was cherry when I first started trying to figure this recipe out at home and added a lot of cherry flavoring to the icing. Wasn't right though. Come to find out -- it is almond flavoring. Try it and you will be pleased.

Jillian from WI
Sep 25, 2005, 22:00

I made this the other night in preperation for my son's 10th birthday. I also went and bought a slice of the actual Olive Garden cake. Upon taste testing with my friends, we've decided that the frosting also needs a tad bit of cherry flavoring. We tasted more cherry in the frosting than the actual cake. So, I've decided to add at least a half teaspoon of cherry extract to the frosting. I'm hoping it won't add too much of a tint...does anyone know of a clear cherry flavoring??

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