Carrabba's Italian Grill was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas in 1986. The restaurant features hand-prepared family recipes made from the finest ingredients and prepared to order in an exhibition kitchen. The success of Carrabba's led to the popular PBS cooking show Cucina!, starring Carrabba and Mandola, as well as a series of companion cookbooks. There are currently 240 Carrabba's Italian Grill locations around the country.

Offering Italian-inspired cuisine passed down from our founders’ family recipes, Carrabba’s uses only the best ingredients to prepare fresh and handmade dishes cooked to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, customers can enjoy signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Spiedino di Mare and a fresh twist on an Italian Classic, Wood-grilled Chicken Marsala. Carrabba’s was voted #1 Italian in the 2014 Consumer Picks Survey by Nation’s Restaurant News.



Rocky Road Cake

Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 10-12

1 1/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter flavoring extract
4 eggs
2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped

1 (4 oz.) stick butter, melted
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup canned evaporated milk
1 (16 oz.) box powdered sugar
1 (10 oz.) bag mini marshmallows

To make the Cake:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9 by 13 inch cake pan.

Combine the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and butter flavoring extract. Beat in one egg at a time until fully incorporated. Add the flour mixture, a little at a time, and fold the pecans in at the end. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes.

To Prepare the Icing:  In a medium saucepan, combine the melted butter, cocoa powder, canned evaporated milk and powdered sugar. Cook on the stove top for about 10 to 15 minutes. The icing is ready when you can drop a small amount of it in a cup of cold water, swirl it with your finger and a ball will form.

When it's reached the softball stage, stir in the marshmallows until smooth. Pour on top of the cake, spreading evenly to cover.

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  1. . Pour on top of the cake, spreading evenly to cover.