Friday, August 29, 2008

A DARING BAKER BACKWARD GLANCE

The overachievers are at again. This time it is Tish Boyle's Chocolate Cake. And wow, if your in the mood for a little chocolate, I mean a LOT of chocolate, this is your cake. Rich to the enth degree. If your cholesterol is high, this is NOT the cake for you.
While I appreciate the chocolatey goodness, I do not require so many calories and so many grams of fat. Sorry Tish, its a great cake but I want something with chocolate intensity and not so much fat. A little, not 3 sticks of buttah! YIKES. For all of you out there who do not mind the fat and want to impress your friends with this chocolatey rich cake, this IS your cake!

Update: Having said all this without having a piece was real poor blogging on my part. I still agree with everything I said, dont get me wrong but man I just had a piece. It's so good. Pure fudge without the sugary taste of fudge. WOW.

Chocolate Intensity
from Tish Boyle’s The Cake Book
makes one 9-inch cake or two mini 4 inch cakes

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (preferably 62% cocoa), finely chopped
12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brewed coffee
6 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom with a parchment round and butter the parchment. (If you’re using a pan with a removable bottom like a springform, make sure to wrap the pan with 2 or 3 layers of foil.)

Place chopped chocolate in a large bowl.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, stir butter, sugar and coffee until the butter is melted and mixture is boiling. Pour the hot mixture over your chopped chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute then gently stir until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs vigorously until blended. Whisk in the vanilla and salt. Slowly add about 3/4 cup hot chocolate mixture to the eggs, whisking constantly. (Tempering the eggs with a little bit of the hot chocolate mixture will prevent “scrambled eggs” when combining the two mixtures.) Add the egg mixture to the hot chocolate mixture and whisk to combine well.

Strain the batter through a sieve (to catch any cooked egg bits) and then pour batter into prepared pan. Set cake pan in a large roasting pan and fill the pan with enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the center is shiny and set but still a bit jiggly. Transfer cake pan to a cooling rack and cool for 20 minutes.

Run a thin knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake. Place a cardboard round on top of the pan and invert the cake onto it. Remove pan and carefully remove the parchment paper. Refrigerate the cake for at least 2 hours before glazing with chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Glaze

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Place chopped chocolate in a medium bowl.

In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a boil. Remove pan from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute then gently stir until chocolate is melted and the glaze is smooth. Gently stir in the vanilla. Transfer glaze to a small bowl and cover the surface of the glaze with plastic wrap and let cool for 5 minutes at room temperature before using.

To glaze the cake:

Place the chilled cake, still on the cake round, on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Slowly pour the hot glaze onto the center of the cake. Smooth the glaze over the top and sides, letting the excess drip onto the baking sheet.

Scrape the extra glaze from the baking sheet and put it in a small ziploc bag. Seal the bag and cut a tiny hole in one of the bottom corners. Gently squeeze the bag over the top of the cake to drizzle the glaze in a decorative pattern. Refrigerate the cake at least one hour before serving.

5 comments:

Janet said...

I agree, I think there are better ways to showcase chocolate. What was the suggestion for this one- good for passover or gluten free? That's something to consider if you ever have those needs.

Cristine said...

Your cake looks great! It really is rich and intense, isn't it?

kat said...

I think I would like this though I'd probably cut the recipe in half & make one mini cake to share.

Debyi said...

Oh, yours looks really good. I agree about the 3 sticks of butter though, way too much. I think Kat has the right idea, making a mini cake.

Grace said...

hmm...that seems to be an appropriate name for this cake--it looks like it could stop a person's heart with just one bite! that being say, i'd eat it anyway. :)

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