FINALLY!!! I get to join in on all the fun for Sweet Melissa Sundays.
Elyse of Confectionery Creations chose Brooklyn Brownout Cake (page 111 in Sweet Melissa's Baking Book) for this Sunday's baking session (the recipe can be found on Elyse's blog). Last week when I went thru the list of recipes, I was super excited when I came across this one. I think it had something to do with the fact that i was born & raised in Brooklyn. Or maybe because BabyDaddy would actually help me eat this since he's a huge chocolate fan. But how can anyone go wrong with a chocolate cake with brownie crumble and gananche frosting?!?!?!? HEAVEN!!!
The brownie crumble is made with a brownie recipe that can be found on page 82 of the cookbook. So first things first.... making the brownies. I made them on Wednesday night (without walnuts cause I didnt have any and BabyDaddy said he didnt want walnuts in his cake). I gave half my batch to (fellow-SMS Baker) foodcarious cause she had the gall to tell me she was going to use a brownie mix --- or even worse to my ears --- BUY THEM. Ugh.... I was making them anyway... might as well share. (Plus, she's really cute & i was more than happy to see her again!) Anyways, sorry... back to the brownies.
The recipe for the brownies suggests using a 9 x 9 x 2 pan but the only pan i have that is close to that size is an 8 x 8 x 2 -- which worked out great. Using my pan, the brownies were done in 40 minutes at 350 degrees. I must say -- my whole house smelled like chocolate.
You go from this.... liquid chocolate
Next was making the cakes. I didnt have regular coffee on-hand; all I had was hazelnut flavored coffee. I made that stronger than usual and just used that. Using 7" pans my cakes took about 45 minutes complete. The cakes were really puffy when they came outta the oven but eventually they flattened themselves out... i didnt have to trim off the tops. After they came out, I wished i used 8" pans instead cause i thought that the 7" cakes were really high. I thought about cutting them in half then making two smaller cakes but decided not to and just went for it.
On to assembling the cake. Place one cake layer on a plate, spoon some brownie crumble, add 2nd layer, add ganache and voila!
THE VERDICT: Almost as good as my Valentines Chocolate Cake. I thought the cake was a little too dry. I loved the brownie crumble in the middle. Loved the ganache. And like my Valentine's cake, next time.... will add a huge layer of chocolate buttercream on top.
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