Welcome to week 12 of the Alpha Bakers bake-a-long, an online project where a group of food bloggers bake our way through The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Most of the recipes made during this project will not be shared, but this particular recipe has been published here. Check it out and come back for my commentary followed by a full photo tutorial.
This week's selection - Chocolate Pavarotti with Wicked Good Ganache - a single layer chocolate cake covered with ganache that is spiked with cayenne pepper.
How does it taste - I hate to say it, but we didn't care much for this one. The cake was very crumbly and it didn't taste very chocolaty, despite containing a lot of cocoa and melted chocolate. Also, the ground cayenne pepper gave the ganache a gritty texture. We ate it (it is chocolate cake, after all), but nobody asked for seconds, which is not very typical around here.
How does it look - My ganache topped cake looked very boring so I dressed it up with a ring of ruby red raspberries.
Level of difficulty - Easy.
Were the directions clear - Yes, but there was one small discrepancy - the 5th paragraph on page 6o calls the cayenne "optional", but the list of ingredients does not refer to the cayenne as optional. No biggie, but it's something I noticed.
Also, I didn't follow the directions for making the ganache in a food processor because I don't care for the mess it makes or all the extra dishes it generates. I'd rather make ganache in the microwave or double boiler.
What would I do differently next time - I won't be making this cake or the cayenne laced ganache again.
Next up - Lemon Posset Shortcakes, February 23, 2015.
Okay, here's my photo tutorial.
links to more alpha baker photo tutorials
- Nov 20, 2015 The Hazelnut Praline Cookies that Never Were
- Sep 1, 2015 TBB - Flaky Cream Cheese Scones
- Aug 24, 2015 TBB - Woody's Black and White Brownies
- Jul 2, 2015 TBB - Praline Meringue Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Jun 23, 2015 Ricotta Loaf - The Bread Bible
- Jun 4, 2015 TBB - French Orange Cream Tart
- May 20, 2015 TBB - Double Chocolate Oriolos
- May 16, 2015 Touch of Grace Biscuits - The Bread Bible
- May 8, 2015 TBB - Blu-Rhu Mini Pies
- Apr 27, 2015 TBB - Lemon Jammies
- Apr 2, 2015 Pita Pizzas - The Bread Bible
- Mar 23, 2015 TBB - Luxury Oatmeal Cookies
- Mar 16, 2015 TBB - Sour Cherry Pie (Pi Day)
- Mar 9, 2015 TBB - Caramel Buns
- Mar 4, 2015 TBB - Hamantaschen (Purim)
- Feb 23, 2015 TBB - Lemon Posset Alma
- Feb 16, 2015 TBB - Chocolate Pavarotti with Wicked Good Ganache
- Feb 11, 2015 TBB - Golden Orange Panettone with Chocolate Sauce
- Feb 9, 2015 Panettone Delay
- Feb 2, 2015 TBB - Swedish Apricot Walnut Bread
- Jan 26, 2015 TBB - Gingersnaps
- Jan 19, 2015 Biga Fail
- Jan 13, 2015 TBB - Black and Blueberry Pie
- Jan 6, 2015 TBB - Chocolate Cuddle Cake