Chocolate Praline Cake

1 C butter
1/4 C cocoa
1 C water
2 large eggs
1/2 C buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
2 C sugar
2 C flour
1/2 tsp salt

Combine butter, cocoa and water in small saucepan and heat until butter melts. Cool. In mixing bowl, beat eggs, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla. Add chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat until blended. Gradually add sugar, flour and salt. Grease three 8 inch cake pans and line with wax paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until done. Place pans on wire rack to cool.

Chocolate Ganache:
2 C semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 C heavy cream
1/4 C butter

Combine chocolate chips and heavy cream in microwavable bowl and heat for 2 minutes. Add butter and let sit until cool. Stir until smooth. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cake.

Praline Topping:
1/4 C butter
1 C packed light brown sugar
1/3 C heavy cream
1 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 C chopped pecans

Place first 3 ingredients in small boiler and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla. Add pecans. When mixture begins to thicken, pour over top of cake and let it drizzle down the sides.

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