Hi Everyone. A couple weeks ago I was asked if I was interested in participating in a 2012 Fall Themed Cake Challenge, where a group of food bloggers would join together and post some nifty seasonal sweet treats. How could I say no? My entry is a fairly simple solution for those who want to make an autumnal cake, but aren't comfortable doing elaborate cake decorating techniques. I've used a maple leaf template here, but other templates would work for other occasions. A snowflake would be perfect for a winter buffet. Recipes for the cake are at the bottom of this post. Also, there's a list of the participating bloggers listed below - I hope you check them out.
Chocolate Domingo Cake with Decorative Stencil
- 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons (42g) Dutch processed cocoa powder
- 2/3 (160g) cup sour cream
- 2 large (100g) eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (6g) pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon (156g) sifted cake flour
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon (4g) baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon (1.5g) baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon (3.5g) salt
- 14 tablespoons (200g) unsalted butter, softened
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a a 9-inch springform pan with a 9-inch round of parchment paper on the bottom, then spray the parchment paper and sides of the pan with a flour/oil baking spray (hold the parchment paper in place with a dab of butter or shortening).
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the remaining dry ingredients.
- Add the butter and cocoa mixture; mix on low for 30 seconds, then increase the speed to medium and continue mixing for about 2 minutes.
- Spread the batter into a smooth layer in the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center of the cake clean (one or two crumbs are okay). Cool cake completely.
To decorate as shown:
- Lay a template in the center of the completely cool cake.
- Sprinkle an even layer of powdered sugar over the entire surface of the cake and carefully removed the template.
- Pipe a buttercream border around the edges and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.
Chocolate Egg White Buttercream
makes about 2 cups (double to frost an entire 9-inch cake)
- 5 ounces (142g) bittersweet chocolate
- 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 large (60g) egg whites
- 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
- Gently melt chocolate in microwave on high, stirring every 10-15 seconds until almost completely melted. Rely on the residual heat to finish melting the chocolate as you continue to stir; set aside to cool.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form; slowly add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
- Gradually add the room temperature butter, a tablespoon at a time, until it's fully incorporated.
- Add the cooled melted chocolate and whip until fully combined.
- Use pasteurized egg whites if you have any concerns about using fresh egg whites.
adapted from The Cake Bible