Devil's Food Chocolate Cake
Every cake has its story... This recipe was recommended to me by Edina of Adorable cupcakes.. she left a comment on my Donna Hay brownie cheesecake entry and told me that I shud gv this recipe a try .. well today I decided to bake it.. started out baking this cake in an 8" cake pan and while its in the oven.. I began preparing the cheese frosting and ganache..
Once baked and cooled down.. I sliced the cake into two layers.. sandwiched it with cream cheese frosting, a thin layer of ganache and slice strawberries before placing another layer of cake.. I coated the whole cake with cream cheese.. let it set for a few minutes and poured the rest of the ganache on the cake.. now so far everything went as planned.. I was pretty excited to see the outcome and knew that this cake was gonna be a big hit.. for whatever reason... without even thinking.. I decided to move my cake to another plate and while doing that my cake slid out and landed on the other plate!! I was like.... geeeshhhhh!! didnt know what to do... the bottom layer broke into two! I was close to tears.. I shud hv waited a little longer till the frosting was set bef moving it.. I shud hv handled it with more care.. I shud.. I shud... :(((
I quickly took my wide cake spatula.. moved it to my flan dish.. poured the remaining ganache to cover the whole flan (thank goodness i had like 1/4 remaining ganache).. topped it with sliced strawberries and placed it in the fridge... phewwww
Was Edi right recommending me this recipe?? was it worth all the effort?? OH YESSSS!!!.. she was right when she described this cake as pure awesomeness! this cake is simply divine.. very rich in flavor.. moist and ohhhh so so yummy .. thank you Edi... I will definately be baking this cake again and again and of cos I will handle it with much more care too hehehhe
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder (i used valrhona)
3/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/4 tsp salt (i used 1/2 tsp)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (i used light brown sugar)
65 gram butter ( i used unsalted butter)
1 large egg - size A
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup buttermilk (i used fresh milk and added lemon juice)
1/2 cup warm water
Preheat oven at 170C .. greased cake tin (i used 8".. next time i will use 7")
Sieve flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate soda, salt, and set aside.
Beat butter with sugars until light and fluffy, add egg.
Add dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder etc) alternately with liquid ingredients (buttermilk + warm water) in three portions
Add vanilla extract and continue to mix till well blended
Bake for about 30 minutes or until just cooked
Cream Cheese Frosting
250 g cream cheese (room temp)
125 g butter (room temp)
1 cup icing sugar - sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
juice of a squeezed slice of lemon, to rid the cheese taste
Beat cream cheese and butter, just until creamy, add the icing sugar, vanilla and lemon juice.
200 ml double cream with at least 30% fat content (i used Millac - 38% fat)
250 g dark chocolate, chopped finely (i used valrhona - 70%)
a pinch of salt
In a double boiler, warm double cream until just at boiling point, add chopped chocolate and salt and stir, when all chocolate is melted, remove from the heat and continue stirring until all well mixed.
Cool cake completely, spread the cream cheese frosting and pour cool ganache on top.