Friday, February 1, 2013

Day 32: Petite Chocolate Cake

I am giving you this recipe early in case anyone might want to make something really special for Valentine's Day. I'm not going to lie, this recipe is quite time consuming to make but, well worth the effort.
This cake has light, fluffy chocolate layers smothered in a rich, creamy chocolate frosting. This is cupid in a cake - sure to win over any Valentine.
 If you like, you can make the cake ahead of time and freeze it until you are ready to use it. However, the icing must be made the same day you wish to serve it.  I hope you enjoy this recipe.

The Cake
3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
8 eggs, separated
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups cake and pastry flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup milk

1) In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter on high until fluffy.
2) Add egg yolks to butter one at a time , mixing well.
3) Add vanilla and mix well.
4) Sift flour, cocoa and baking soda then add half of the dry ingredients and half of the milk to the butter mixture and stir with a spoon until incorporated.
5) Add remaining dry ingredients and milk and continue to stir until incorporated.
6) In a clean bowl beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form.
7) Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into batter at a time, gently stirring until just incorporated.  Be sure not to over stir.
8) Divide batter into four  4" cake pans that have been buttered and lightly floured ( you could also use two 9" pans).
9) Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes at 350F.
10) Let cool slightly, then transfer cakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
11) Ice the cakes two layers thick and garnish with edible roses.

Chocolate Icing
1 1/2 cups butter at room temperature
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup cocoa powder
3 cups icing sugar
6 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted

1) In the bowl of an electric mixer, add butter and mix on high until light and fluffy.
2) Add whipping cream to butter gradually as you continue to mix.
3) Add vanilla and mix well.
4) Add icing sugar 1/2 cup at a time and mix well.
5) Pour the melted chocolate into the batter and mix on high until smooth.

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