Friday, June 23, 2006

Ganache Love

This. Cake. Makes. My. Knees. Weak.

I made this little darlin' for my friend Stephenie's surprise baby shower. It was supposed to be this cake minus the ball and chain and with a few baby birds around the picket fence. BUT.... the top cake didn't come out of her pan as planned and when I was trying to put the wings on the birds the lady bird's head fell off and it made me REALLY mad. So I said many unlady like words, wadded up all the fence slates (all 50 of them), threw the painstakingly crafted bluebirds away and just let the cake be ganached. Which honestly I think is quite beautiful. This was the first time I have worked with ganache and I am officially in love. Deep and profound love. I couldn't get enough of it. I just keep pouring on layer after layer after layer of this stuff..... and it never wavered.

The cake is from Kate Sullivan's book.... and I have to say it is giving Colette's Chocolate Bourbon cake a run for it's money. This cake is dense and very moist. It really is fabulous to cut and carve, but most of all it is delicious. I added a bit of orange extract to the batter to give it a little warmth....It has a really great taste. The cake is not at all too chocolately or sweet. It's mellow but not bland. Really good.... and with a thick layer of semi sweet ganache piled on top... it was fabulous. Only half the cake was eaten at the shower (thank god) so I ate the rest one forkful at a time. When things are really good that is the way I like to eat them... just one forkful at a time. It's my way of absolutely savoring every little bite.....

One Delicious Chocolate Cake (Kate Sullivan)

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
3 cups granulated sugar
5 eggs, room temp
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 ½ cups buttermilk, room temp
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 ½ cups strong coffee

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour sides and bottoms of pans. Set pans aside.

In large bowl of mixer, stir together the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and soda. Stir in the sugar.

In small bowl, combine the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix into the dry ingredients. Stir in the buttermilk, melted butter and coffee. Divide batter evenly among pans.

Bake at 350 for around 50 minutes. Transfer to wire cooling rack.

Easy Foolproof Ganache

18 ozs semisweet chocolate chips
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon liquor or flavoring (optional)

Heat cream until nearly boiling. Pour over chocolate chips, cover and let sit 10 minutes. Whisk chocolate and cream (and flavor if using) until well combined; dark, smooth and glossy.

Let sit at room temp until cooled. To thicken, beat with hand mixer for a few minutes. Also thickens over time as it sits.

Refrigerate in airtight container for up to a week. To restore to spreading or glazing consistency, heat and stir over double boiler for a few minutes until softened.

Comments on "Ganache Love"


Blogger Lis said ... (June 23, 2006 8:41 AM) : 

Your cake looks gorgeous.. and it sounds like it tasted just as good! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the pretty pictures :D


Anonymous Ivonne said ... (June 23, 2006 11:30 AM) : 

Hi Chandra,

What a glorious, adorable cake! Even if it didn't work out as originally planned, I still think it's fantastic!


Blogger Rebekka said ... (June 25, 2006 6:31 AM) : 

Hey fellow baker friend! That cake is beautiful! I love your blog!


Anonymous emily said ... (June 25, 2006 2:20 PM) : 

Yum!All that chocolate goodness.Divine.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (June 26, 2006 8:49 AM) : 

Your cakes are always beautiful, even if they don't turn out like you intented. It looks delicious! I don't know if I could eat one forkfull at a time, unless by that you meant one forkful every 10 minutes or so.


Blogger Chan said ... (June 26, 2006 9:04 AM) : 

yeah it pretty much was every 10 minutes or so... :)
i would just crave it.... i hate that it is gone..but my thighs are thankful!


Blogger Rebekka said ... (June 26, 2006 11:22 AM) : 

oh my gosh! I can't beleive you're in Alabama, too! Yeah, seriously, we need to get together and do some baking.


Blogger Marilyn said ... (June 26, 2006 8:29 PM) : looks like a good candidate for a chocolate-induced coma. Just my style. Love your blog!


Anonymous Jaye said ... (June 27, 2006 5:24 PM) : 

Been blog surfing and am SO glad that I came across your page. This look stunning, especially the silver beads and with the flowers. I'll bet it's dense with all that coffee and buttermilk! Looking forward to reading more and again, very happy to find your page.


Blogger suburban housefrau said ... (July 12, 2006 2:26 PM) : 

did you use the ganache between the layers like regular frosting as well?


Blogger Sherri said ... (July 20, 2006 8:10 PM) : 

Great blog ! Love the cake. Your posts are funny & Real !!!


Blogger tammiemarie said ... (August 06, 2006 8:42 PM) : 

i just got k.s.'s book and i love it! coincidentally, i was planning to make this same cake for a baby shower 2 weeks from today. i am sorry to hear you had trouble with it. if mine turns out i will post it on my blog!


Anonymous emigre said ... (September 12, 2006 6:41 PM) : 

wow, the before and after pics are very clever.


Anonymous jenncharina said ... (December 04, 2006 6:34 PM) : 

do you use dutch processed cocoa?


Blogger missy-j said ... (December 05, 2006 6:18 AM) : 

Looks good! Did u use 9" pans?


Blogger Garrett said ... (January 12, 2007 2:23 PM) : 

I don't think one can ever go wrong with ganache!?

Well, unless you eat nothing but, but that's a good way to go into the great beyond; with a face smeared in chocolate.


Anonymous Andrée said ... (January 17, 2007 5:55 AM) : 

Oh, I'm totally making this this weekend! My husband's boss is coming over for supper, so yeah, this would be a total treat :P


Anonymous Sorina said ... (January 16, 2008 6:43 AM) : 

You have such a lovely blog. Great recipe it really does look so delicious.


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That's the cutest cake and it looks tasty!


Blogger Shaya said ... (July 07, 2008 1:33 PM) : 

I didn't see in the blog you use three 9" pans?


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