Week 12! Another chocolate cake but this one is wicked. Why? The ganache has cayenne pepper in it, oh yeah. This recipe was really easy to do but there were a few glitches along the way. First off, the ganache needed to be made 3 to 4 hours in advance. I chose to do it the day before making the cake. One thing Rose says to do is chop the bittersweet chocolate in the food processor. Mine broke while doing this. I hated the thing anyway so I wasn’t too upset about it and bought a new one. The Breville Sous Chef. This one better last.
Anything with chocolate is fine by me and using bittersweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate along with some heavy cream is just decadent.
The cake batter was pretty straight forward too.
I’m not so sure about the addition of white chocolate though. I don’t care much for it and typically don’t use it but Rose said the it would yield a higher rise and a moister, melt-in-the-mouth texture. Alrighty.
The white chocolate is melted and the cocoa powder is combined with boiling water and everything is mixed in the mixer. Easy enough. There was some time to wait for the chocolate to cool a bit though. The cake is only one layer and the 9″ cake pan needs parchment on the bottom along with a cake strip.
Baking time was right at 40 minutes and it smelled wonderful. Since I made the ganache the day before, I needed to get it a little more workable so I put the bowl over a pan of simmering water for a few minutes. The ganache sets up pretty fast and then it’s impossible to spread it. I really suck at cake decorating so my swirls look really bad.
But the ganache was nice and shiny.
How was it? Well, the cake was very crumbly when cutting and plating. The ganache also wasn’t really sticking to the cake. I probably could have pulled the ganache completely off the cake in one piece. Not sure what happened. Also, I felt that the cake was a tad bit too salty. Even though it was really crumbly, the crumbs were moist enough to stick to the fork but the cake just didn’t have a good texture in my opinion. As for taste, it was good, especially the ganache, but I wanted more chocolate flavor in the cake. I don’t think it will go on my short list of favorite cakes unfortunately.
Next week is the Lemon Possett Shortcakes. These should be good – I love lemon almost as much as blueberries. You can see what the other Alpha Baker’s are doing here. Until next week!