Folks, my friend Hello Truelove was totally right. This is -by far- the most amazing chocolate cake I’ve ever made. Period.
So, if you’re a chocolate lover like us… go for this recipe.
I made just a few changes to the recipe for this cake and also I added were some raspberries when I filled it with the ganache. You’ll see the pictures below. I thought it was a good combination… the sweet cake, with the dark chocolate ganache and the acid of the berries
So, what I did was that I placed 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 2 1/4 cups organic sugar, 1 tbsp + 1tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder sifted (I used one I bought at Trader Joe’s) in the mixing bowl and started my kitchen-aid on low so all the dry ingredients mix well..
Then I added 1 1/3 cup canola oil, 1 1/2 cup LOW fat buttermilk, 3 large organic eggs (1 at a time) and keep on mixing. Then I slowly poured 1 1/2 cup of hot coffee (I used my espresso machine, so I brewed one lungo and two small shots) to the mixture. Finally, I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract and I mixed it until the batter was smooth. It was the thinner batter that I made for a cake.
I pour this mixture in an already greased and floured cake pan and baked it at 350 for 30 minutes and then 235 for 20 more minutes. This is tricky because the original recipe calls for only 35 minutes… I think it depends on your oven. Anyway, if you’re hesitant use the toothpick trick to know if it’s ready. I let it rest for about 30 minutes.
For the ganache, I used 18 oz (1lb) of dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s and 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream.
I let the chocolate melt a little bit using a double broiler and then started stirring slowly using whisk.
First, my little helper tested that the ganache was fine.
Then I filled the cake with the ganache (when it was at room temperature) and I added some raspberries in the center.
And used the rest to cover the whole cake.
Since my son is a total fanatic of cars and trucks, I wanted to give a “tire” look to the cake.
So, I used a toothpick to draw lines like the ones you see on some tires.
The cake was absolutely delicious. Moist, smooth, sweet with that special taste of the raspberries… And a lot of chocolate!