Chocolate Better-than-sex Cake


1 pkg Duncan Hines Chocolate Butter Cake mix or Deep Chocolate Cake mix
3/4 cup pecans, toasted and then chopped
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
1 (4-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
4 large eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup water, or part coffee
1 tsp vanilla
1 recipe Dark Chocolate Glaze (follows)

Grease well and flour a tube, bundt, or 13 by 9 by 1-1/2 inch cake pan.
For tube or bundt pan, have oven rack in lowest position. For cake pan,
put rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Coat nuts and chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of the cake mix and set
aside. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, eggs, oil, water, and
vanilla and beat at medium speed with mixer for 3 minutes.

Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Turn into pan and bake for 1 hour or
until cake tests done with cake tester. Cool for 15 minutes and if tube
or bundt pan is used, turn onto a rack. Cake should be completely cool
before glazing. Cake freezes well without glaze.

Dark Chocolate Glaze:

Combine 1 pound semisweet chocolate chips with 1 cup water in top of
double boiler over simmering water. Stir until smooth, shiny, and well
blended. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool to room
temperature or chill until slightly thickened. Pour over cake or apply
with a spatula.