WITH AN IDEA!
You see on the third of June 2010 it was my brother's eleventh birthday. Now, me living in a house full of people who have "my-body-is-a-temple" mantras it's often hard to find an occasion to bake some of the super duper orgasm inducing froth town recipes that I find all over the internet and in my various baking bibles.
But here was my chance. It was time to LIVE.
Now I approached my brother with the idea that I was to make the birthday cake and he seemed all for it. We sat down at the computer and googled layer cakes for what seemed seconds to me and hours for him and decided on this cake right here...CAKE!
He went away with his palate buzzing in anticipation, but something in my loins told me that that just wasn't the cake...it just wasn't going to be the show I wanted to put on.
So I went to the bookstore and looked through some cake books and found this one...CAKE!
It spoke to me like an angel descending from the culinary heavens; she said, with a slight drool dripping from the corner of her mouth "Ella, this cake would make Matt Preston shit his pants in delight..."
So I went home with a song in my heart and proposed the idea to mum...who was unduly and quite obviously dissatisfied with my choosing.
"Peanut butter mousse? Get stuffed." she said with a huff, and proceeded out the door to play tennis for three hours as if the thought of those peanutty calories was fattening enough.
So I had a dilemma...and it was the day before! I looked through book after book, webpage after webpage but just was not satisfied. So...in true Ella fashion...I made up my own recipe...and here it is. For you. Specially.
Make this and no one will ever. ever. ever. forget it. Their thighs and ass simply will not let them.
Triple Chocolate Decker Cake with Chantilly Cream, Butterscotch Buttercream and Milky White Chocolate Glaze.
Ingredients for the Cakes
There are three cake layers all together; one is a milk chocolate, one is dark chocolate and one is white chocolate and they all follow a basic devils food cake recipe, altered slightly for the type of chocolate. (adapted from epicurious.com)
1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder****
1 ounce high-quality milk chocolate (such as Lindt, Perugina, or Valrhona), chopped *****
1/4 cup boiling water******
1/4 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup cake flour (plain is fine. not self raising)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
****omit when making the white chocolate layer.
*****with this ingredient, substitute dark chocolate when making the dark chocolate layer, and substitute for white chocolate when making the white chocolate layer.
******omit when making white chocolate layer.
Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 180 degrees celsius. Combine cocoa powder and milk chocolate in medium bowl. Pour 1/4 cup boiling water over; whisk until mixture is smooth.****** Whisk in buttermilk.
Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in another medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat both sugars, oil, egg, and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Add flour and cocoa mixtures; beat until blended (batter will be thin).
Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out with some crumbs attached, 28 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans on racks 15 minutes. Then empty out onto a rack and cool.
Refridgerate the cakes until two hours before serving and applying frosting, glaze and cream.
****** for this step when making the other layers, keep the same when making the dark chocolate but for the white chocolate, place the white chocolate in a saucepan over mid to low heat and melt down until liquid. Then whisk in the buttermilk.
Ingredients for the Fillings
Now this takes some time, so keep your cakes in the fridge while you're doing this. Don't apply the fillings or glaze until two hours before serving and keep refridgerated until you serve, otherwise your cream will go funky.
(adapted from "at home with Magnoila")
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 cups icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Method for Buttercream
Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan over med-low heat. Add the brown sugar and whisk constantly for 5 minutes until syrupy. Gradually add the cream and continue whisking for 2 more minutes.
Remove from the heat aand transfer to large bowl and allow to cool for fifteen minutes.
You need to wait otherwise your icing won't set properly and you will get broken buttercream which is a tragedy, a tasty tasty tragedy.
Once cooled, gradually add the icing sugar while mixing with an electric mixer. Add vanilla and keep beating. You'll notice it goes a lovely caramel colour, really light and pastel but delectable at the same time. This is what you want. Now refridgerate the bad boy.
Chantilly Cream (my way...)
1 cup of thickened cream (DO NOT USE LIGHT IT DOES NOT WHIP)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
Bung all the ingredients in a bowl and whip your cream until it is whipped good. Make Devo fucking proud.
Milky White Chocolate Glaze
(adapted from the "Art and Soul of Baking")
12 ounces of whatever type of chocolate you desire. (I chose milk and white)
1/2 cup heavy cream