Mocha Choka La La Yah Yah.....
After 2 valiant, yet failed attempts at making a cake this weekend, I finally came out on top with this Mocha Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. This picture is horrific and does not do this baby justice. She looked much prettier in person..... but like me, photographs HORRIBLY. So forgive her ugly mugg.
Now, let's talk a little bit about the cake mistakes first...... Sponge Cake. Man, I tell ya... Sponge Cake is a high maintenance little priss. With the careful "folding in" of all those egg whites and the need for the cake to be in a metal pan UNGREASED.....something about the cake needing traction to "climb" up the sides of the pan.....WHEW! A lot of work.
So I made her batter and had a mini debate with myself on if I should put it in a non stick pan, like I REALLY ( and I mean REALLY) wanted to, or if I should follow the directions and pour the batter in a metal pan with no grease....aghhhhhh! "Okay okay... follow the damn directions, Chan. Just do what they say and everything will come out fine... Just fine. The directions are obviously there for a reason." So I poured the batter out of the non stick pan I had already had it in (I was resisting authority at first...) and into a vintage tart pan I found on eBay. It is the ONLY bakeware I have that is metal and not non stick. I popped her in the oven where she rose beautifully. Her color was fabulous , she sprang back to the touch and...... she was gloriously stuck to the pan. I mean she and that pan had become one... there was no seperating those two. I didn't even try...I mean who am I to come between a Sponge Cake and her Pan? So we just ate her straight out of the pan.. from the middle out. And she was DELICIOUS! I added in fresh orange zest when mixing the egg yolks and that little bit of zest really did add a beautiful hint of orange. I am absolutely going to try this one again and I am going to put her in a non stick pan.... I think this would be a fabulous cake to carve and decorate. She has a firm body and very very little crumb. I will post again on this one.
The second cake I made to make up for this one sticking to the pan was a horrid mess... not even worth talking about. She was ugly and dry with a deep hole in the middle. The edges were almost burned and her center was still a raw goopy mess. I just threw her away... horrible.
Now... On to the glorious cheesecake. I think I have the cheesecake down pat. If I have learned how to make anything these past few months I have learned the cheesecake. The basic cheesecake lessons I have learned are these:
Those 5 little things really do make a huge difference in the way my cheesecakes come out. I mean, cheesecakes are no big deal to make. There are only a few ingredients and you can really get creative on flavoring them.... plus, hell... it's CHEESECAKE!
This one is Mocha with Chocolate Chips. I have never been a huge fan of mocha/coffee flavored things so I was a little skeptical when I was reading the recipe. But the picture of the cake sold me... I love love love anything with chocolate chips. The recipe is from The Whimiscal Bakehouse , a neat little cake deocrating book with some really good recipes. The recipe from the book calls for homemade chocolate cookies to be used for the crust but I was lazy and just used Nabisco Famous Wafers....
Here is the recipe:
Ohhh this is a tasty little cake. The mocha flavor is not too strong and even those who don't care for coffee will love this. Of course the chocolate chips melt beautifully in the cake and add just a hint of chocolate. So very delicious....