Yummm! A Chocolate Ganache Cake is the ultimate favourite of all chocolate lovers! This blog will explore what it takes to make it and a little bit about this awesome dessert. Not only a dessert, actually, a Chocolate Ganache Cake is very good for birthdays, anniversaries or any occasions.
‘Ganache’ is a French word for a glaze, icing, filling or sauce for any confectionery dishes such as pastries, cakes, croissants and other such food items. Ganache is a generic term and the texture, ingredients and taste of the ganache is modified, changed and reinvented according to the requirements of the dish to be made! Sometimes, ganache may contain liquor or sometimes any liqueur. It may also be made with fruit extracts. Depending on the type of chcoclate used and what the dish demands, the ganache is prepared. It is always the final step of the dish.
A dark chocolate cake with a thick ganache frosting sounds just heart melting, doesn’t it? Well, here’s how you can make it! You’ll need:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans
2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
Preheat your oven to 176-180C. Rub butter into two 8-inch round cake pans and dust with cocoa, tapping out the excess. Line each pan at the bottom with a round of parchment/ tracing paper and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together sifted flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and keep aside.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in chocolate and vanilla. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture in three parts and buttermilk in two, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Divide the batter between prepared pans and smoothen out the tops. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean which can take upto 40-45 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 15-20mins and with a knife, separate cake from the edge of each pan. Invert cakes onto a wire rack and wait till cooled completely.
Set a rimmed baking sheet upside down on a work surface. Place one cake on sheet, and spread top with 1/3 of ganache. Place second cake on top, and spread remaining ganache over top and sides of cake. Using two wide metal spatulas, carefully transfer frosted cake to a serving platter.
Recipe Courtesy: http://goo.gl/W4gXta
Now for the special ‘dark chocolate ganache’, you’ll need:
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pound bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
The procedure is rather simple: In a large saucepan, you need to bring 2 cups heavy cream, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt to a boil. Remove it from heat. Now add 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped, and let the mixture stand, without stirring, for about 1 minute. Whisk just until well combined. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until spreadable! Time you’d require for the whole this will be about 1 hour.
And then when you generously coat the cake with the ganache and freeze it, your magnificent chocolate ganache cake is ready!
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