Friday, August 29, 2008

Day 29 Part 1 - Recipe 51 "Daring Bakers Past Challenge"

As it is my first month as a Daring Baker, I thought I would be double daring and do a past challenge and the August challenge. I completed the February 2007 challenge which was the Chocolate Intensity cake by Tish Boyle. The name really does describe the cake... it is intense chocolate flavor!

It is a flourless cake, so it is more cheesecake/fudge like. It is really dense but in a good way! You only need a small sliver of this cake, but believe me, you'll want more! It was really easy to make, but you need to make sure you cook it long enough. I actually made this cake twice because I had to feed Eric and pulled the first one out too early. I had chocolate pudding instead of cake! :) But, the second one turned out wonderful and everyone loved it.

I really enjoyed my first run as a Daring Baker!

Chocolate Intensity
from Tish Boyle’s The Cake Book
makes one 9-inch cake or two mini 4 inch cakes

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (preferably 62% cocoa), finely chopped
12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brewed coffee
6 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom with a parchment round and butter the parchment. (If you’re using a pan with a removable bottom like a springform, make sure to wrap the pan with 2 or 3 layers of foil.)

Place chopped chocolate in a large bowl.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, stir butter, sugar and coffee until the butter is melted and mixture is boiling. Pour the hot mixture over your chopped chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute then gently stir until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs vigorously until blended. Whisk in the vanilla and salt. Slowly add about 3/4 cup hot chocolate mixture to the eggs, whisking constantly. (Tempering the eggs with a little bit of the hot chocolate mixture will prevent “scrambled eggs” when combining the two mixtures.) Add the egg mixture to the hot chocolate mixture and whisk to combine well.
Strain the batter through a sieve (to catch any cooked egg bits) and then pour batter into prepared pan. Set cake pan in a large roasting pan and fill the pan with enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the cake pan.

Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the center is shiny and set but still a bit jiggly. Transfer cake pan to a cooling rack and cool for 20 minutes. Run a thin knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake. Place a cardboard round on top of the pan and invert the cake onto it. Remove pan and carefully remove the parchment paper. Refrigerate the cake for at least 2 hours before glazing with chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Glaze

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Place chopped chocolate in a medium bowl.

In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a boil. Remove pan from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute then gently stir until chocolate is melted and the glaze is smooth. Gently stir in the vanilla. Transfer glaze to a small bowl and cover the surface of the glaze with plastic wrap and let cool for 5 minutes at room temperature before using.

To glaze the cake:

Place the chilled cake, still on the cake round, on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Slowly pour the hot glaze onto the center of the cake. Smooth the glaze over the top and sides, letting the excess drip onto the baking sheet.

Scrape the extra glaze from the baking sheet and put it in a small ziploc bag. Seal the bag and cut a tiny hole in one of the bottom corners. Gently squeeze the bag over the top of the cake to drizzle the glaze in a decorative pattern.

Refrigerate the cake at least one hour before serving.


Lori said...

It's hard to tell when this baby is done. I know it is suppose to be jiggly in the center but my gosh its almost pudding like.

I have mixed feelings about this cake. I like how it is so chocolatey but man all those grams of fat.

Janet said...

Well done!
This one was pudding-ey even when done, underdone would be really wet huh? Good job on giving it a second go!

Debyi said...

It's great to have you in the Double Daring Bakers! I'm impressed that you made this one twice! Mine was much more like a thick pudding, but I also did substitute ingredients as well as I could have. Yours looks amazing!

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