One recipe Rich Chocolate Cake
One recipe French Silk Pie (including crust and whipped cream)
One recipe Chocolate Ganache
Just so you're prepared, we're talking about 1 pound (and then some) of chocolate, 6 eggs, about 1 pound of butter, 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, and a dozen or so other ingredients.
The Baking and The Making:
You can see the recipe and tutorial here.)
While the cakes cool (or the next day), make the parts from the French Silk Pie.
my crust recipe for enough cut-outs to cover a 6"x8" round cake. (Along with a few for breakage and a few for snacking.)
chocolate pie filling (which should leave you with some leftover for more snacking).
The final two parts to prepare are the chocolate ganache icing and the whipped cream, but I would wait to whip the cream until you are ready to present the cake.
The Assembling and The Decorating:
I think the hardest thing about spreading filling, particularly a filling this thick, is to make sure you don't have a mound in the middle, and thin on the edges. You don't want that or you could wind up with a wobbly 8" tall cake, and that could end badly.
You might also notice the parchment paper slips around the bottom of the cake. This is how I prepare the cake to spread the ganache on it. It helps keep your plate cleaner.
Now for the ganache. You want it to be thick (cool) enough that it won't drip all the way down the side of the cake while you're spreading it, but not so thick that it doesn't spread easily.
To spread the ganache around the sides, smooth the large drips that come from the top. I find the sides are easiest when I add chocolate to the top, push it over the edge, let it drip down, and smooth it. Just be sure you don't end up with an inch-thick layer on the top.
Whew! We're almost there, people.
You can also drizzle some of the leftover ganache (I had about 1 Tbsp. leftover, just enough for a drizzle) over the top of the cake. I spooned the chocolate into a sandwich bag and cut a small hole in the corner to make the drizzle. (I had to heat it in my hands a little to make it more melty to drizzle.)
Check out those candles! 5" tall gold candles. I love them. Expect to see those again some time! Thank you, Party City!
So, would you ever make this cake? Even for your love?
Also, what is the most ridiculous cake/treat you've ever made? (I have to say this must be mine.)
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