Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tulips + Chocolate

A couple things that made this Tuesday a little like a typical Tuesday.
These pretty tulips on top of my table...
And this chocolate cake in my belly..

Oh yes, I'm back with yet another chocolate cake recipe.  So, so, sorry.  I'm going to torture/tempt you with these pictures.  You'll thank me though, I promise.  Make it.  And make it soon.  I saw this cake on Stephanie's blog, Stephmodo.  She made it for her eldest daughter's birthday.  I couldn't stop thinking about it. So, I made it because it was Tuesday.  Good a reason as any, right?  I wasn't able to snap a picture before my little guys gobbled down two slices while the ganache topping was still warm.



Recipe | Creme Fraiche Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache
(adapted from here)
Cake
2 1/2 c flour
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp fleur de sel
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 c whole milk
1/2 c creme fraiche
8 oz unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2 c sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c good quality chocolate chops (I used Ghirardelli)

Ganache
3 oz chocolate chips
1/2 c heavy cream

Cake
Preheat oven to 325. Butter and flour bundt pan*
Sift together dry ingredients, set aside.
Whisk together milk and creme fraiche, set aside.
Cream butter + sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then vanilla.  Reduce mixer to low and add flour and creme fraiche mixture alternatively until just combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.
Spread in prepared pan and bake 50-60 minutes.  Let cool 10 min and then invert on cooling rack or cake stand.

Ganache Topping
Bring cream to a simmer, remove immediately and pour over 3 oz of chocolate chips.  Whisk until combined.  let cool a couple minuted before topping cake.

* I do have success with butter and flour, but original recipe recommends using cooking spray.  I think the success of butter + flour vs cooking spray depends on the type of pan.  Here is the one I use...


10 comments :

  1. Oooooo, I was just passing through from a link at The Virginia House, and am sooo glad I did. That cake looks out-of-this-world. It just became part of my life. :-) Like this month, I think.

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  2. You are a cruel cruel lady. Tempting me with chocolate during my chocolate free Lent. Oh and I really want those tulips, too!!! :)

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  3. Wow that cake looks great!!! Makes me want chocolate! Have a great day

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  4. Looks delicious! I have to bring in a chocolate dessert to my childs school next week for teacher appreciation day..I was thinking my go-to brownie recipe but I have yet to use my hand me down bundt pan...this would be a good excuse!

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  5. Tessa: How much unsweetened cocoa?? Thanks in advance! Amy

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    1. oops. 1/2 cup. i fixed it above too. thank you!!

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  6. now to figure out how to make it taste just as delicious gluten free!!!!

    love the pictures, Tessa!

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  7. Mmmm, looks so yummy! Sometimes I wish I didn't love chocolate so much. But that wouldn't be much fun, would it. Your tulips are pretty too.
    Claudia

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  8. Those tulips just scream spring! I'd like to have an entire backyard of them (:

    I'd also like to solicit your vote for a recipe contest I entered. I'd really appreciate it (: Thanks!

    http://www.danielledeskins.blogspot.com/2012/03/black-and-white-dulce-de-leche-bars.html

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