dream cake

In challenge on March 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm

the other night, i had a dream. i was in my office, and i was walking toward these two enormous, delicious-looking chocolate cakes. then right before i woke up, i asked a coworker what they were, and she said “champagne chocolate torte cakes.” unfortunately, i never got a taste.

but i did get a good look, and i couldn’t stop thinking about it. so i decided to see what kind of baker my subconscious is and actually try making my dream cake.

i clearly saw a thick layer of brownie or dense chocolate cake 0n the bottom. on top of that was an equally thick layer of ganache. on top of that were chocolate crunchies. and according to my dream coworker, there was champagne in there somewhere, too.

so i started by modifying a deep chocolate cake recipe from fannie farmer. i was also using a very small pan, so i cut things down to size (or so i thought).

then, i made chocolate crunchies, modified from a fine cooking recipe.

and finally, i made champagne-chocolate ganache. there is champagne in the cake and the crunchies, too.

1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/4 milk with a small splash of vinegar in it (to make it sour milk. important.)
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tablespoon champagne

mix your dry ingredients in one bowl

and your wet ingredients in another

mix together

pour into a nonstick pan – i used a mini spring form, so i could remove the cake as easily as possible.

i baked this little guy for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

see how high it puffed up, though? that was bad, since i wanted a layer of ganache. so what did i do?

not very professional, i know, but i scooped out the inside, leaving slightly less than an inch of cake on the bottom and a little “crust” of cake around the side to hold the ganache in.

3/4 cup half and half (or heavy cream)
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup champagne

for the ganache, i heated the milk and right before it boiled, i poured it over the chocolate chips.

let it sit for a couple minutes to melt them, then mix until smooth. next i added the vanilla and champagne. as you can see, once again i had more than i needed! i could have made two dream cakes at this point…

when the cake cooled, i poured the ganache into the little well i had created.

i put this in the fridge to start setting up.

1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cocoa
pinch of salt

for the topping, i mixed all the ingredients with a fork until they became crumbly.

then i piled this “dough” in a thin layer on a cookie sheet

and baked for about 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

i used a fork to “rake” this pan goop into crumbles.

and i threw it back in the oven for another 7 minutes.

it may look weird, but it actually turned out exactly as i wanted – like chocolate cookie crumbles. nice and crunchy.

when the ganache had set up fairly well, i added the crumbles…

and took a slice (or two!)

the end result, i’d say, was a great success. it was very rich, very dark (good thing i made such a small one…) and had excellent chocolate flavor with a little alcohol kick. the combination of the three textures was great. and when asked what he would change about it, he said (and i quote) mmm nothing.

do you think this dream cake is going to make me famous like the twilight woman and her dream books?

  1. I LOVE that the dream cake came into fruition. can we please dream up a banana something to make for the coming of spring?

  2. I am dreaming that a similar cake will appear in my kitchen when i wake up tomorrow. (HINT HINT)

  3. It looks really great!!

  4. Oh dear Lord. That looks amazing and I’m allergic to chocolate. There are very few times that I am bummed about being allergic to chocolate, but looking at those pictures… I am. Damn.

  5. It looks amazing, as usual. I’m not sure I would have been bold enough to incorporate some champagne in a cake recipe.

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