Tuesday, February 5, 2008

TWD: Black and White Chocolate Cake

This week of TWD, it was my turn to choose the recipe. I had been eye balling this cake from the day that I bought the book, so it wasn't hard to choose this weeks recipe. Of course, it looks nothing like the picture in the book, but it is very yummy. There are 4 layers of cake, with dark chocolate cream and a white chocolate cream. This cake has several steps, and the white chocolate cream made me say a few choice words, because only on the third time making this cream it turned out. Now, both of the times before were completely my fault and I choice not to relive them. :)

What is my ending thought on this? I would make it again. It is very light and it is a cold cake (you let it chill for at least 3 hours) and would be wonderful as a summer dessert.

This week, we have more than doubled our TWD Chicks, so make sure to go and check them out. They are listed on my sidebar as well as here.


Black and White Chocolate Cake
For the cake:
2 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 (10 Tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk

For the dark chocolate cream:
2 cups whole milk
4 large egg yolks
6 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp corstarch, sifted
1/4 tsp salt
7 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted
2 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 5 pieces, at room temp

for the White chocolate whipped cream:
6 oz. premium quality white chocolate
1 1/2 cups heavy cream


Getting ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9X2 inch round cake pans, dust the insides with flour, tap out the excess and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment or wax paper. Put the pans on a baking sheet.

To make the cake: Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Working with a stand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add the sugar and beat for another 3 minutes. Add the eggs one by one, and then the yolk, beating for 1 minutes after each addition. Beat in the vanilla; don't be concerned if the mixture looks curdled. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, adding the dry ingredients in 3 additions and the milk in 2 (begin and end with the dry ingredients); scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed and mix only until the ingredients disappear into the batter. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans and smooth the tops with a rubber spatula.

Bake for 28-30 minutes, rotating the pans at the midway point. When fully baked, the cakes will be golden and springy to the touch and a thin knife inserted into the centers will come out clean. Transfer the cakes to a rack and cool for about 5 minutes, then unmmold, remove the paper and invert to cool to room temperature right side up on the rack.

To make the dark chocolate cream: Bring the milk to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the egg yolk with the sugar, cornstarch and salt until thick and well blended. Whisking without stopping, drizzle in about 1/4 cup of the hot milk-this will temper, or warm, the yolks so they won't curdle-then, still whisking, add the remainder of the milk in a steady stream. Put the pan over meduim heat and, whisking vigorously, constantly and thoroughly (make sure to get into the edges of the pan), bring the mixture to a boil. Keep at a boil, still whisking, for 1-2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

Whisk in the melted chocolate, and let stand for 5 minutes. Then whisk in the pieces of butter, stirring until they are fully incorporated and the chocolate cream is smooth and silky. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the cream to create and airtight seal and refrigerate the cream until chilled, or for up to 3 days. Or, if you want to coool the cream quickly, put the bowl with a cream into a larger bowl filled with ice cubes and cold water and stir the cream occasionally until it is thoroughly chilled, about 20 minutes.

To make the white chocolate whipped cream: Put the white chocolate in a heat proof bowl and put the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Stir frequently to melt the chocolate evenly. Meanwhile, bring 1/2 cup of the heavy cream to a boil.

When the white chocolate is melted, remove the bowl from the pan. Pour the hot cream into the melted chocolate and let it sit for a minute. Using a small spatula, stir the chocolate gently until it is smooth. Let it sit on the counter until it reaches room temperature-it can't be the least warm when you add it to the whipped cream.

Working with the stand mixer with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream only until it holds the softest peaks. Turn the machine to high, add the cooled white chocolate all at once and continue to beat until the whipped cream holds firm peaks. Turn the whipped cream into a bowl, press a piece of plastic wrap gently against the surface to create an airtight seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 6 hours.

To assemble the cake: If the tops of the cake layers have crowned, use a long serrated knife and a gentle sawing motion to even them. Slice each layer horizontally in half. Place on layer cut side down on a cardboard cake round or on a cake plate protected by strips of wax or parchment.

Remove the dark and white chocolate creams from the refrigerator and whisk each of them vigorously to loosen and smooth them. With a long metal icing spatula, spread enough dark chocolate cream (about 1 cup) over the cake layer to cover it completely. Top the cream with another cake layer, cut side up, and cover this layer with white chocolate whipped cream, making the white layer about the same thickness as the dark layer. Cover with a third layer, cut side up, and cover with another cup or so of the dark chocolate cream. (You'll have some dark chocolate cream left over) Top with the final layer of cake, cut side down, and frost the sides and top with the remaining white chocolate whipped cream. Decorate with chocolate shaving or curls, if you wish.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight.

23 comments:

Peabody said...

This one was a great choice...a lot of different elements. I forgot to ask you what kind of white chocolate you used...it might have made a difference.

Gigi said...

oooh, I've been dying to make this! I keep saving it for a "birthday". I think I may have to make this after seeing yours.

chelley325 said...

Thanks for such a great pick April! Your cake looks great - mmmm :) That chocolate cream was to die for!

slush said...

It looks great April! What a great selection. I was kind of intimidated. And then I didnt feel well. Im still avoiding the cake, its in the fridge. LOL Im afraid to cut into it!

Great job!

MrsPresley said...

your cake looks great! love the chocolate curls you topped it with! thanks for challenging me with this recipe... i now have one more layer cake under my belt :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Beautiful choice. I think that cake is so elegant and I've been wanting to make it ever since I got the book. I'd love to have a slice of yours.

Deborah said...

Oh, how I wish I could bake like this every week!! I wish my schedule would permit it, because you all are choosing some amazing recipes!

bittersweetblog said...

Nice choice, this is one impressive cake. :)

Nikki57 said...

Great choice Abby. I had a lot of fun making a mess at then end trying to fix my mistake!

Your cake looks beautiful!

Erin said...

This was such a yummy cake and a great choice! Thanks for picking it this week and giving me a chance to make it!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

nice! glad you got the cream to come out in the end! maybe i shoudl have tried a third time too, but was out of white chocolate at that point!

lemontartlet said...

This was a really fun choice, even if I went several rounds with the argumentative thing! It was a lot of fun, and big learning experience. Yours looks so delightfully fluffy and tempting!

Tracy said...

Mmmmmmmm.... this looks so good! Love the chocolate curls on top!

Megan said...

I've been eyeing this cake myself.
Its beautiful and glad to know tasty.
The real question,
Was the flavor worth the work?
Inquiring minds want to know!
I'm off to see everyone elses.

Engineer Baker said...

Great choice for the recipe this week - definitely a fun and interesting (not to mention tasty) cake!

Jhianna said...

Fantastic choice, and yours look great!

Emiline said...

I've been shopping for the Dorie book, online, but I haven't purchased it yet.
I know, I know! Don't yell at me.
I'm going to.

When I checked the book out, at the library, I remember looking at the recipe for this cake. Is this the one on the cover?
You made an excellent choice.

Kimberly said...

April, I do live in Knoxville. What a small world!!!

ley said...

Yum! That looks amazing!

Oh, uhm...I tagged you. :D If you don't want to do it, thats fine, but...You're it! http://cilantroandlime.blogspot.com/2008/02/youre-it.html

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm your cake turned out beautifully! I'm sad that I didn't get the chance to make it last week, but I think I'll try and make it soon. Hopefully my white chocolate cream goes okay.

Jasmine31 said...

This cake looks awesome!

Gabi said...

Wow that looks so yummy!
Mmmm!
xoxo

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

TWD: Black and White Chocolate Cake

This week of TWD, it was my turn to choose the recipe. I had been eye balling this cake from the day that I bought the book, so it wasn't hard to choose this weeks recipe. Of course, it looks nothing like the picture in the book, but it is very yummy. There are 4 layers of cake, with dark chocolate cream and a white chocolate cream. This cake has several steps, and the white chocolate cream made me say a few choice words, because only on the third time making this cream it turned out. Now, both of the times before were completely my fault and I choice not to relive them. :)

What is my ending thought on this? I would make it again. It is very light and it is a cold cake (you let it chill for at least 3 hours) and would be wonderful as a summer dessert.

This week, we have more than doubled our TWD Chicks, so make sure to go and check them out. They are listed on my sidebar as well as here.


Black and White Chocolate Cake
For the cake:
2 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 (10 Tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk

For the dark chocolate cream:
2 cups whole milk
4 large egg yolks
6 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp corstarch, sifted
1/4 tsp salt
7 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted
2 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 5 pieces, at room temp

for the White chocolate whipped cream:
6 oz. premium quality white chocolate
1 1/2 cups heavy cream


Getting ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9X2 inch round cake pans, dust the insides with flour, tap out the excess and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment or wax paper. Put the pans on a baking sheet.

To make the cake: Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Working with a stand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add the sugar and beat for another 3 minutes. Add the eggs one by one, and then the yolk, beating for 1 minutes after each addition. Beat in the vanilla; don't be concerned if the mixture looks curdled. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, adding the dry ingredients in 3 additions and the milk in 2 (begin and end with the dry ingredients); scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed and mix only until the ingredients disappear into the batter. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans and smooth the tops with a rubber spatula.

Bake for 28-30 minutes, rotating the pans at the midway point. When fully baked, the cakes will be golden and springy to the touch and a thin knife inserted into the centers will come out clean. Transfer the cakes to a rack and cool for about 5 minutes, then unmmold, remove the paper and invert to cool to room temperature right side up on the rack.

To make the dark chocolate cream: Bring the milk to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the egg yolk with the sugar, cornstarch and salt until thick and well blended. Whisking without stopping, drizzle in about 1/4 cup of the hot milk-this will temper, or warm, the yolks so they won't curdle-then, still whisking, add the remainder of the milk in a steady stream. Put the pan over meduim heat and, whisking vigorously, constantly and thoroughly (make sure to get into the edges of the pan), bring the mixture to a boil. Keep at a boil, still whisking, for 1-2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

Whisk in the melted chocolate, and let stand for 5 minutes. Then whisk in the pieces of butter, stirring until they are fully incorporated and the chocolate cream is smooth and silky. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the cream to create and airtight seal and refrigerate the cream until chilled, or for up to 3 days. Or, if you want to coool the cream quickly, put the bowl with a cream into a larger bowl filled with ice cubes and cold water and stir the cream occasionally until it is thoroughly chilled, about 20 minutes.

To make the white chocolate whipped cream: Put the white chocolate in a heat proof bowl and put the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Stir frequently to melt the chocolate evenly. Meanwhile, bring 1/2 cup of the heavy cream to a boil.

When the white chocolate is melted, remove the bowl from the pan. Pour the hot cream into the melted chocolate and let it sit for a minute. Using a small spatula, stir the chocolate gently until it is smooth. Let it sit on the counter until it reaches room temperature-it can't be the least warm when you add it to the whipped cream.

Working with the stand mixer with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream only until it holds the softest peaks. Turn the machine to high, add the cooled white chocolate all at once and continue to beat until the whipped cream holds firm peaks. Turn the whipped cream into a bowl, press a piece of plastic wrap gently against the surface to create an airtight seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 6 hours.

To assemble the cake: If the tops of the cake layers have crowned, use a long serrated knife and a gentle sawing motion to even them. Slice each layer horizontally in half. Place on layer cut side down on a cardboard cake round or on a cake plate protected by strips of wax or parchment.

Remove the dark and white chocolate creams from the refrigerator and whisk each of them vigorously to loosen and smooth them. With a long metal icing spatula, spread enough dark chocolate cream (about 1 cup) over the cake layer to cover it completely. Top the cream with another cake layer, cut side up, and cover this layer with white chocolate whipped cream, making the white layer about the same thickness as the dark layer. Cover with a third layer, cut side up, and cover with another cup or so of the dark chocolate cream. (You'll have some dark chocolate cream left over) Top with the final layer of cake, cut side down, and frost the sides and top with the remaining white chocolate whipped cream. Decorate with chocolate shaving or curls, if you wish.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight.

23 comments:

Peabody said...

This one was a great choice...a lot of different elements. I forgot to ask you what kind of white chocolate you used...it might have made a difference.

Gigi said...

oooh, I've been dying to make this! I keep saving it for a "birthday". I think I may have to make this after seeing yours.

chelley325 said...

Thanks for such a great pick April! Your cake looks great - mmmm :) That chocolate cream was to die for!

slush said...

It looks great April! What a great selection. I was kind of intimidated. And then I didnt feel well. Im still avoiding the cake, its in the fridge. LOL Im afraid to cut into it!

Great job!

MrsPresley said...

your cake looks great! love the chocolate curls you topped it with! thanks for challenging me with this recipe... i now have one more layer cake under my belt :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Beautiful choice. I think that cake is so elegant and I've been wanting to make it ever since I got the book. I'd love to have a slice of yours.

Deborah said...

Oh, how I wish I could bake like this every week!! I wish my schedule would permit it, because you all are choosing some amazing recipes!

bittersweetblog said...

Nice choice, this is one impressive cake. :)

Nikki57 said...

Great choice Abby. I had a lot of fun making a mess at then end trying to fix my mistake!

Your cake looks beautiful!

Erin said...

This was such a yummy cake and a great choice! Thanks for picking it this week and giving me a chance to make it!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

nice! glad you got the cream to come out in the end! maybe i shoudl have tried a third time too, but was out of white chocolate at that point!

lemontartlet said...

This was a really fun choice, even if I went several rounds with the argumentative thing! It was a lot of fun, and big learning experience. Yours looks so delightfully fluffy and tempting!

Tracy said...

Mmmmmmmm.... this looks so good! Love the chocolate curls on top!

Megan said...

I've been eyeing this cake myself.
Its beautiful and glad to know tasty.
The real question,
Was the flavor worth the work?
Inquiring minds want to know!
I'm off to see everyone elses.

Engineer Baker said...

Great choice for the recipe this week - definitely a fun and interesting (not to mention tasty) cake!

Jhianna said...

Fantastic choice, and yours look great!

Emiline said...

I've been shopping for the Dorie book, online, but I haven't purchased it yet.
I know, I know! Don't yell at me.
I'm going to.

When I checked the book out, at the library, I remember looking at the recipe for this cake. Is this the one on the cover?
You made an excellent choice.

Kimberly said...

April, I do live in Knoxville. What a small world!!!

ley said...

Yum! That looks amazing!

Oh, uhm...I tagged you. :D If you don't want to do it, thats fine, but...You're it! http://cilantroandlime.blogspot.com/2008/02/youre-it.html

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm your cake turned out beautifully! I'm sad that I didn't get the chance to make it last week, but I think I'll try and make it soon. Hopefully my white chocolate cream goes okay.

Jasmine31 said...

This cake looks awesome!

Gabi said...

Wow that looks so yummy!
Mmmm!
xoxo

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