I purchased a basic chocolate cake mix from the Dollar Store (it is one of my recommended cake mixes, Duncan Hines.) I poured the cake mix into the bowl.
My first tip: Measure the amount of water needed for the mix, then heat it in the microwave for a minute, until it is boiling hot. Pour it into the cake mix and stir. Let sit for one minute. This helps the chocolate bloom. Turn on the mixer and beat for one minute. This helps the cake cool down before adding in the eggs.
This cake mix calls for two eggs, so I am going to add in two whole eggs and one more yolk. This will help the cake develop more richness. Beat well after each egg addition.
Add in 1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules. Beat well.
Add in 1 snack pack of chocolate pudding.
Add in 2/3 c of butter, melted.
Beat for two minutes.
Prepare cake pan with shortening and flour, or use cooking spray. In this pan, I will put 1/2 c of batter into each place, and then dole out the rest of the batter into each place, making sure to even out the batter between the cakes.
Bake at the recommended temperature.
Check for doneness, nothing should stick to your cake tester when you remove it from the cake.
In the meantime, heat up 1/2 cup of heavy cream until almost boiling. Remove pan from heat, add in 8 oz of chocolate chips and 1 t instant coffee granules. I prefer dark chocolate chips. Let them rest in the hot milk for one minute, then begin to stir, until all chips are melted and the ganache is smooth.
Remove the cakes onto a cooling rack. Pour the hot ganache over the cakes. Let rest until completely cool.
Store or serve!"