Chocolate Tuxedo Cream Cake

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa (or use 1/2 cup ground cocoa powder and increase the total amount of sugar below to 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Flour Cake Enhancer (optional)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Prepare two 8″ x 1 1/2″ round cake pans by spraying with non-stick cooking spray and then lining with parchment or wax paper circles.  Into a mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, sift flour with ground chocolate, cake enhancer, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
  3. Add butter and 3/4 cup buttermilk. Beat on low speed to combine ingredients. Scrape sides of bowl and then beat on low-medium speed for 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup buttermilk, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat additional 2 minutes.
  4. Spread batter into prepared pans. Bake at 180ºF for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on racks for 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pans.
French Silk Pie Layer Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, but cool
  • 1/4 cup white C & H sugar
  • about 3 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

METHOD:

  1. In a double boiler, melt dark chocolate about 2/3 of the way.  Remove top of double boiler and continue to stir until chocolate is completely melted.  Set aside to cool further.  I recommend cooling until the chocolate starts to thicken slightly so that it won’t melt the butter and will be firm enough to withstand the next cake layer on top of it without smooshing out the sides.
  2. Cream butter.  Gradually add sugar, creaming well.  Blend in melted and cooled chocolate and vanilla.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating 4 minutes after each addition with an electric mixer on medium speed.
  3. Start assembling–see below.
Mascarpone Cream Frosting Ingredients:
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

METHOD:

  1. In a mixer bowl, cream mascarpone, vanilla extract & sugar.  Add cream and whip on high until stiff.

Cocoa Whipped Cream Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup powdered cocoa
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot tap water
  • 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream

METHOD:

  1. In mixer bowl with a wire whisk attachment, mix cocoa, sugar & hot water, mixing to form a paste.  Allow to cool before adding cream.  Add cream and start mixing on low to incorporate cream into cocoa paste.  Stop the mixer and scrape the bow.  Mix on high until stiff peaks form.

Assembling the Cake:

  1. Once you’ve made the French silk pie layer, start the assembly process.
  2. Cut each of the two cakes in half so you have four layers. Place the bottom layer on a serving plate or cake stand.  On the bottom layer, spread the French silk pie filling to within 1/4-inch of the edge.  Place the second layer on; cover & refrigerate until the mascarpone layer is ready.
  3. Spread on the mascarpone frosting to about 1/4-inch of the edge.  Place the third cake layer on top of that.  Spread half the cocoa whipped cream on the cake and top with the final cake layer.  Frost the sides of the cake with the remaining cocoa whipped cream.  Cover the cake and refrigerate.

Ganache Ingredients:

  • Dark Chocolate roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

METHOD:

  1. Place chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl.
  2. In a small pan over medium heat, bring the cream and butter just to a simmer.  Pour cream over chocolate and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir to combine chocolate & cream.
  4. Pour ganache directly in the center of the top of the cake.  As it spreads and drips over the sides, if there are spots with no ganache, make sure you drip or spread some over there.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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