samedi 25 janvier 2020

Best Chocolate Cake




Basically the best chocolate cake I've ever had at any one time. Rich, ultra soggy, feathery and this chocolate buttercream is simply divine!


BAKING A HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE CAKE?


    • Margarine and flour three 8-inch cake tray. I enthusiastically prescribe the use of cake strips for a more even heat. Filter the dry fixings (count the sugar) into the bowl of a blender and compete to make the cake. 



    • Put the wet attachments in a large bowl and mix together. 
    • Include the wet fixings with the dry fixings. Accelerate the link at this point to level 2 for two minutes. Circulate player just to the three skillet and heat for about 35-40 minutes at 350F or until a toothpick embedded in the inside tells the truth. I prescribe the swinging of the shell partly by the heat. Let the time for 10 minutes at this point change to wire racks to cool down completely. 
    • In a small bowl of half-sweet chocolate with 2 tablespoons of cream at this point microwave for 40 seconds to consolidate half power. Mix at this point in a safe place to join. Whip the margarine for about 5 minutes using a rowing joint (in an excellent blender). Gradually beat into the confectioner's sugar. Include the cream. 
    • Gradually mix into the 1/4 cup of cocoa powder. Include the salt. You may include the discretionary vanilla and coffee in this progression. Mix until you have a soft, even consistency. Beat in the liquefied and chilled chocolate ganache.


    Ingredients

    For the Cake

    • 1/2 cup sour cream (120mL)
    • 1 cup buttermilk (236mL)
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 cup strong hot coffee (355mL) (Use a Moka pot so it's basically espresso)
    • 3/4 cup vegetable oil (177mL)
    • 1 tbs vanilla extract (13mL)
    • 3 cup all-purpose flour (360g)
    • 2 2/3 cup granulated sugar (533g)
    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (50g)
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder (4.8g)
    • 1 tbs baking soda (14.3g)
    • 1 tsp kosher salt (5.7g)

    For the Chocolate Buttercream:

    • 1 1/2 lb confectioner's sugar
    • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter (338g) room temperature
    • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (60mL)
    • 1/4 cup Cocoa powder (25g)
    • 1 tsp vanilla (5mL) optional
    • 1 tsp espresso (5ml) optional
    • 1/4 tsp salt (1.5g)
    • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate (45g)

    For the Decoration:

    • 1/4 cup cacao nibs (about 60 grams)

    Instructions

    For the Cake:

    • Butter and flour 3 eight inch cake pans. I highly recommend using cake strips for a more even bake.
    • Sift together the dry ingredients (including the sugar) into the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk to combine.
    • Add the wet ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together.
    • Add the wet ingredients the dry ingredients. 
    • Whisk to combine then mix on level 2 for two minutes.
    • Distribute batter evenly to the three pans and bake for about 35-40 minutes at 350F (176C) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I recommend rotating the pans halfway through the bake.
    • Allow time to cool for 10 minutes then invert onto wire racks to cool fully.

    For the Chocolate Buttercream:

    • In a small bowl combine the semi-sweet chocolate with 2 tbs of cream then microwave for 40 secs on half power. Stir to combine then set aside. 
    • Whip the butter for about 5 minutes using a paddle attachment (in a stand-up mixer).
    • Beat in the confectioner’s sugar slowly.
    • Add the cream.
    • Slowly mix in the ¼ cup of cocoa powder. Add the salt, as well. 
    • You may add the optional vanilla and espresso at this step. 
    • Mix until you have a fluffy, even consistency.
    • Beat in the melted and cooled chocolate ganache. 

    For the Assembly:

    • Pipe chocolate buttercream between each layer.
    • Pipe the buttercream on the outside of the cake. Smooth with a bench scraper and offset spatula.
    • Add a smooth coat of chocolate buttercream to the surface of the cake. 
    •  Use an 869 tip to pipe dollops on top.
    •  Press cocoa nibs to the bottom of the cake (or the entire side, if desired).



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