New Recipe: President George W. Bush’s Favorite Seven Layer Chocolate Cake

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Chelsea Lupkin

Bill Yosses was the personal chef to President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and all the guests that entered the White House for eight years. Here, Bill makes President George W. Bush’s favorite dessert: A 7-layer chocolate cake from Houston, Texas.

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For cake:

  1. Preheat convection oven to 330° and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Sit together flour and baking powder and slowly add to butter-sugar-egg mixture, alternating with liquids. 
  3. Pour into sheet pan and tap lightly on counter before transferring to oven. Bake for 30 minutes. 
  4. Let cool then freeze overnight before cutting. 
  5. Cut each 1/2 sheet pan into half horizontally and each into 4 strips for 8 total.
  6. Keep cake layers frozen.

For icing:

  1. Over a rolling boil, heat all ingredients together in a double-boiler then strain into bowl using a fine chinois. 

For assembly:

  1. Build the cake layers one by one using a spatula to add the semi-cooled icing onto each layer.
  2. Once assembled, apply a thin coating on the outside for the first coat and freeze. Remove and coat again before serving.  

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