|my finished cake with white chocolate "pearls"|
|time for a slice, with delicious caramel whipped cream!|
I had mixed feelings about this cake. The cake was a breeze to make. And I really liked the flavor of the cake - it was very chocolatey but not overpowering - but I felt the texture was a little too crumbly. It looks more firm and dense (in the pictures) than it was and, for me, the heavy ganache needed a slightly more dense cake.
And...that brings me to my next mixed feeling - the ganache. Again, the flavor was delicious, but I thought the ganache was too stiff. It was lovely and very smooth while spreading but was too hard once it was on the cake. The texture of the cake was too soft and crumbly compared to the stiff ganache; the two didn't seem to go together. My decorating plan was to make little valentine's hearts on the top of the cake by putting drops of white chocolate on the ganache and dragging a toothpick through...but the ganache hardened immediately so I wasn't able to. I had to settle for little white chocolate "pearls" on top.
Instead of the ganache, I think this cake would be lovely with some caramel sauce on the plate and a dollop of the caramel whipped cream. Next time!
The ganache was made with both 60% and unsweetened chocolate, so it was very rich and not overly sweet. There were a few more steps than usual for Rose's ganache (melting the unsweetened chocolate first, in the Lyle's Golden Syrup) but was still very easy to make.
|ingredients for the ganache|
|first the unsweetened chocolate is melted in the Lyle's Golden Syrup|
|the 60% cacao for the rest of the ganache is bashed into bits|
|the stages of ganache|
|gorgeous, smooth Wicked Good Ganache|
The ganache sets up for several hours while the cake is made and cooled. The cake was very easy to make, as all of Rose's cake are.
|mise en place for the cake|
|first the cocoa powder is melted in boiling water and set aside|
|then the white chocolate is melted and set aside|
|the dry ingredients are combined with the melted chocolate, oil, and butter|
|and mixed well|
|then the eggs are added|
|and finally, the melted white chocolate|
|such a lovely, smooth batter!|
|and, voila, chocolate cake|
|time for a slice, with the caramel whipped cream|
Bye for now...