Devil’s Food Cake with Espresso Ganache

cakeDid I ever mention that I love chocolate?

There is hardly no bad chocolate except that cheap Easter bunny crap that tastes more like candles than food. Except for that, chocolate is great in all its permutations.

But I like rich chocolate.

I like dark chocolate

And I like coffee.

So what’s not to like here?

This turned out nicely all around. So do make it.

And then send me a piece okay?

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (16 oz), room temperature
  • 3/4 cups demerara sugar (have no idea what that is, I used my regular sugar)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Ganache

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. For the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan with butter then coat with a dusting of flour. Shake out excess flour and set aside.
  2. Chop the unsweetened chocolate into small bits and place in a small bowl with the cocoa. Pour boiling water over chocolate. Mix well to combine and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, sift the flours, baking soda, salt, and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add demerara sugar, honey, and cream and mix for another 2-3 minutes. Scrape sides of mixing bowl. At medium-high speed, add eggs one at a time, mixing for about 30 seconds in between each addition. Scrape sides of bowl again, then add Greek yogurt and vanilla and beat until incorporated.
  5. With the mixer on low-speed, add 1/2 of the flour, then add half of the chocolate mixture, and mix to combine. Repeat ending with the flour mixture. Be careful not to overbeat. Remove the bowl from the mixer, scrape sides and mix well by hand until incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the bundt pan, evening out the top of the batter. Bake on the middle rack for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven, rest in pan for 10 minutes then invert onto a cooling rack to let cool completely.
  7. For the ganache: In a double boiler, melt butter and chocolate together, stirring every minute or so until melted. Remove from heat and stir in brewed coffee, and vanilla. Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl and whisk well. Let cool to room temperature.
  8. Once cake is cooled, place on a cake platter and drizzle with ganache.

SERVES: 14 slices

SOURCE: The Haas Machine

NOTES: You can if you wish do this in a baking dish, like a 9 x 13. I would check it for doneness at 30-35 minutes. Be sure to really grease and flour the pan if you use the bundt pan or it will stick.

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Creamy Cheese Frosting

 

 

Nothing is as lovely and as easy as making a cream cheese frosting. It’s essential for carrot cake of course, but always works well with many other types of cakes.

This is my go-to recipe, straight out of Joy of Cooking. It always comes out perfectly.

I especially like it with my poppy-seed chiffon cake.

This recipe doubles or increases by half with ease so it is adaptable for any size cake.

These set of amounts frosts an angel food cake completely and well.

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz cold cream cheese (you don’t need to wait until it warms up!)
  • 5 Tbsp softened butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c powdered sugar, sifted AFTER measuring.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add all the above in a mixer and beat until smooth. Add more powdered sugar if needed to reach the right consistency. This will solid-up a bit if you store the cake in the fridge which you probably should.

SERVES: enough to frost an angel food cake on the outside.

NOTES: Add lemon zest and some lemon juice if you wish. Lime of course or orange zest and juice too.

 

 

 

Broiled Coconut Frosting

This is a wonderful cake topping, and very easy to make. It works perfectly on a sheet cake of any size.

It can turn a simple breakfast bread/cake into a dinner dessert in minutes.

I think you can also boil this up in a sauce pan and let it cool and then spread it.

It would be similar to the frosting for a German Chocolate cake.

So enjoy. It’s versatile enough to use on many different cake bases.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 c melted butter
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 3/4 c sweetened coconut
  • 3 tbsp cream
  • 1/2 c chopped nuts (any kind that you like)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix everything together, spread on the cake.
  2. Place it under the broiler, and watch carefully.
  3. Remove when it starts to bubble. Again, watch so it doesn’t burn.

Serves: about 1 1/2 – 2 cups

Note: consider lemon, orange zest depending on your cake base.