- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1-1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1 cup baking cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
- GANACHE FROSTING:
- 16 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 5 teaspoons light corn syrup
- Line bottoms of three greased 8-in.-square baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
- Place chocolate in a small bowl. Pour hot coffee over chocolate; stir with a whisk until smooth. Cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs on high speed until lemon-colored. Gradually add the sugar, oil, vanilla and chocolate mixture, beating until well blended. In another bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to chocolate mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
- Transfer to prepared pans. Bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
- For ganache, place chocolate in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream and corn syrup just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; stir with a whisk until smooth.
- Let stand at room temperature to cool and thicken slightly, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Mixture will be very soft, but will thicken when spread onto cake.)
- Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/3 cup ganache. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining ganache over top and sides of cake. Yield: 24 servings.
Reviews for Deep & Dark Ganache Cake(26)
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This recipe is very forgiving. We accidentally omitted the coffee/bittersweet chocolate mixture in the cake and it still turned out moist and chocolate-y. On top of that, we used two 9" layers instead of three 8"layers (which added lots more cooking time.) However, the ganache was rich enough to compensate and the whole cake was very satisfying.
PS The coffee/bittersweet chocolate mixture made a nice addition to a brownie recipe the next day...
Very moist and rich. I used another similar recipe for the frosting:
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, 14 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, 1 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons light corn syrup and 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter. I would give it 4 1/2 stars.
WoW!!! This recipe is amazing. I'm not a chocolate lover myself, but this cake made me a fan. I have made this cake three times already and have had several people tell me they would pay me to make this cake for them. I was worried that the cake might be too dry being there was a thin layer of ganache. I was wrong. The cake alone is super-moist and has just the right ratio of ganache to cake. The first time I made it, I used bittersweet chocolate and everyone loved it. The next two times I used semi-sweet (my favorite) and boy was it a hit! This cake is a winner.
I was very disappointed with this cake. The photo and the write-up made it sound sooo good.
First, if you are not a true fan of dark chocolate, don't try it. Semi-sweet is about as dark as I like but I thought I would expand my chocolate taste buds. But this is really bitter. Licking the knife after spreading the ganache - wow - yuck! tasted like bile.
I might try it again and substitute semi-sweet chocolate, but the cake wasn't even that great. It was dry and didn't stay together which was perplexing with the buttermilk.
I made this for my birthday and was so disappointed. Usually my husband will eat anything and he wouldn't eat this either. In trash went all that expensive chocolate!
My husband has made this cake two times now. Once as a test run and once with our son for a boy scout event. This cake was so decadent and I was surprised at how easy it was for a novice baker to manage. He did such a great job that I've tasked him to make my mother's 60th birthday cake. It also decorated very easily considering the ganache frosting.
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