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Chocolate Ganache Cake

 Chocolate Ganache Cake
"Here's to that chocolate fix we all need!" notes Kathy Kittell, field editor from Lenexa, Kansas. She uses cream in both the filling and glaze of her beautiful dessert.
12-14 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • GANACHE:
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add
  • egg and vanilla; beat for 2 minutes. Combine buttermilk and sour
  • cream. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to
  • creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beating well

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Chocolate Ganache Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • after each addition.
  • Pour into two greased and waxed paper-lined 9-in. round baking pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted
  • near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a heavy saucepan, melt chocolate with cream over low heat. Remove
  • from the heat; stir in vanilla. Transfer to a small mixing bowl;
  • chill until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Beat on
  • medium speed until light and fluffy. Chill until mixture achieves
  • spreading consistency.
  • For ganache, in a heavy saucepan, melt chocolate and butter.
  • Gradually add cream; heat until just warmed. Chill until slightly
  • thickened.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with filling. Top
  • with remaining cake layer. Slowly pour ganache over top of cake.
  • Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 436 calories, 28 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 305 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.