Chocolate Heart Cake

This is a chocolate chiffon cake with a layer of chocolate cream covered with chocolate ganache. 


Chocolate Chiffon Cake:

3 large eggs, separated
1 large egg white
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar, divided
2/3 cup (85 grams) all purpose flour
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (40 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder 
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (120 ml) safflower, canola, or corn oil
1/3 cup (80 ml) water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Chocolate Whipped Cream:
1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons (28 grams) granulated white sugar
3/4 tablespoon cocoa powder
Ganache:
8 ounces (227 grams)semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter

Garnish:
Fresh Raspberries(optional)
Raspberry Sauce(optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven.  Butter and flour an 9-inch heart-shaped cake pan (with 2 inch (5 cm) sides).
Chocolate Chiffon Cake:  
Separate the eggs, placing the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another.  To the whites, add the extra egg white and then cover both bowls with plastic wrap.  Bring them to room temperature (about 30 minutes) before using.
Meanwhile sift together 2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated white sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the oil, water, and vanilla extract.
In your electric mixer beat the egg yolks for a minute or two on high speed.  Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly pour the oil mixture into the egg yolks until very well combined.  Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until well incorporated.
In a separate mixing bowl, with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until foamy.


Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form.  Gradually beat in the remaining 1/3 cup (65 grams) of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.  With a large rubber spatula or wire whisk, gently fold the egg whites into the batter just until blended (being careful not to deflate the batter). 



Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 to 45 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  (When lightly pressed the cake will spring back).  


Cool on a wire rack.  To remove the cake from the pan, run a sharp knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake.  Invert onto a wire rack. 
For Chocolate Whipped Cream In a large mixing bowl combine the whipping cream, vanilla extract, sugar, and cocoa powder.  Cover and chill the bowl and beaters in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour, so the cocoa powder has time to dissolve.  Beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.
To Assemble the Cake:  Once the Chocolate Chiffon Cake has cooled completely, place on a flat surface and, using a serrated knife, cut the cake, horizontally, into two layers.  Turn over the top layer of the cake (so the top of the cake becomes the bottom) and spreadwith the chocolate whipped cream. Place the second layer of cake, cut-side down, on top of the chocolate cream, gently pressing to compact.Cover with plastic wrap and place the cake in the refrigerator for several hours, or even overnight, before covering with the ganache.
Recipe Source: www.joyofbaking.com


This is my entry for the Hearts for St.Valentine's Day Contest.

1 comments:

anu said...

the cake looks yummy will definitely try it