|I know, I know!! Now you are going to have that George Michael song in your head all daaaayyyy loooooonnnnnng!! I have been singing it every since I heard the Sugar High Friday theme for this month was COFFEE!! I love cafe, but I am a simple girl when it comes to all the accouchements that go along with coffee. I like my coffee strong with sugar and a bit of plain cream. That's it..... no vanilla, no Irish cream and no creme brulee creamer (Heather!) . Just plain coffee.... and I can drink it only until about 11am then it is on to sweet tea.|
I was excited about this SHF, because it is my first one to participate in and also because I have not used coffee in a dessert yet. I thought about a cheesecake, but I am cheesecaked out. Then I found a recipe for a Deep Chocolate Torte with Mocha Buttercream Frosting... but that sounded insane and couldn't wrap my head around it.... then I found THE recipe. Jolt Cake. Apparently this is a New Orleans classic, but I wouldn't know since I have never been there.... But the description described this cake as intense and not for the faint of heart.... I was IN!! This is my kind of cake!!
This is a very strong cake. It is flourless with 16 oz of chocolate and a cup of strong coffee...... get my drift here?? It is very good and only takes a few bites to satisfy. It has a very creamy and custard like inside that is very moist and buttery.
Here is the recipe....
Trust me, this cake is NOT for the faint of heart. It is basically a flourless chocolate cake with a New Orleans twist. The flavors of both chocolate and coffee are intense. New Orleans is, after all, an intense city.
4 sticks (2 cups) unsalted butter
1 cup brewed espresso
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier