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The ChocolateDoctor’s Catalan Chocolate Cake

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

In the 12th century, Catalonia was brought under the same royal rule as the neighboring kingdom of Aragon, going on to become a major medieval sea power. Catalonia has been part of Spain since its genesis in the 15th century, when King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile married and united their realms.

Barcelona was the cultural hub of the Catalan people. Barcelona today is a food lover’s paradise. It’s not all about tapas, fresh-cured olives and wonderful hanging Spanish hams. The city is a mecca for sampling some of the best xocolata (chocolate) in the world. There is nothing better than fresh-lady fingers dipped in a cup of steamy, thick Barcelona-style hot chocolate first thing in the morning.

You can find chocolate of all sorts of chocolate products at Las Ramblas the busy tourist area where it’s hard to resist the cakes and pastries at some of the greatest bakeries in the world. Barcelona is filled with chocolate, with chocolate specialty shops galore and bakeries. There is even a chocolate museum. Museu de la Xocolata is a must see private museum in Barcelona owned by the Gremi de Pastisseria de Barcelona.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 20 to 30 minutes
Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients:
3/4 cup unsalted butter (I use Plugra European-style butter, but you don’t have to)
5-1/2 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, rough chopped
3 large eggs
3/4 cup granulate sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup black cherry preserves, for serving
Crème fraîche, for serving (see recipe below)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Lightly butter and dust with cocoa powder a 9-inch round cake pan.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl combine the butter and chocolate. Melt the mixture for about 2 minutes in 15 to 30 second increments, stirring frequently, until smooth.
  4. Set aside and let cool slightly.
  5. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the eggs with the sugar at high speed until thick and pale, about 4 minutes.
  6. Add the flour and salt and mix at low speed until just until combined.
  7. Using a rubber spatula fold in one-third of the melted chocolate, then gently fold in the remaining chocolate. Do Not Over Mix.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Invert the cake onto a rack and let cool.
  10. In a saucepan, warm the cherry preserves over moderate heat.
  11. Cut the cake into wedges and serve with the cherry preserves topped crème fraiche or whipped cream.

ChefSecret: When flouring your cake pan use cocoa powder instead of white flour to prevent white streaks at the edges of the cake. For the Black Cherry Preserves I like to use Casa Giulia Amarene. There are also a few wonderful Italian brandied black cheery preserves. Can’t find these, any black cherry preserve will work, just not as well.

Want to make your own Crème fraîche? It’s easy.

Crème Fraîche

Ingredients:
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons buttermilk

Directions:

  1. Combine 1 cup of whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of buttermilk in a glass container.
  2. Cover and let it stand at room temperature (about 70°F) for 8 to 24 hours or until very thick.
  3. Stir well before covering; refrigerate for up to 7 days.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Kladdkaka (Sticky Swedish Chocolate Cake)

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

I first tasted this cake when we opened our sister company office in Stockholm. Kladdkaka is one of the most popular chocolate cakes in Sweden. It is easy to make and deliciously gooey with a distinctive sticky texture. The secret for getting this unique stickiness is the short baking time. You may be tempted to bake it longer, but DON’T. The texture is something between a pudding cake and a brownie with a gooey center and a crackly crust.

Kladdkaka is made with Choclatique cocoa powder—no chocolate is used in the making of this cake. Of course if it’s not rich enough for you can always add a little chocolate. I use 1/4 cup of Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips).

I should also tell you that the recipe below is a base recipe and you can add spice (cinnamon, allspice, and/or 2 tablespoon of aquavit, whisky, Scotch, Guinness) and others goodies to your personal taste. Don’t be timid, experiment. You never know what great recipe you can come up with.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 18 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups plain all-purpose flour
4 level tablespoons Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder
1-1/4 firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon finely ground cardamom
6 ounces unsalted butter
3 large eggs, room temperature

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. Line an 8-inch springform pan on the base and sides with parchment paper.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk them together with the brown sugar, baking powder and cardamom (and other spices if using).
  5. Beat the melted butter and eggs together.
  6. Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in the butter mixture in two steps making sure to get all the flour at the bottom of the bowl.
  7. Spoon into the prepared pan and bake for 18 minutes.
  8. The top will be set but the center still be a bit wobbly.
  9. Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 30 minutes and then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  10. Remove from the pan, cut into wedges and serve topped with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar.

ChefSecret: Cardamom is a common ingredient often used in baking in the Nordic countries, like in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, where it is used in traditional Scandinavian bread. Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous hop-like fragrance.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Midnight Chocolate-Almond Cake

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

Julia Child’s brought her famous Almond Cake to the taping of The Food Show one Saturday morning for our crew to enjoy. So thoughtful of her—we always loved having Miss Julia as a guest. It was a great cake, but something was missing. What could it be? Maybe a little chocolate? In this recipe I have enhanced Julia’s masterpiece with a little bit of own—Choclatique Chocolate—well, maybe a lot of Choclatique Chocolate.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
Total Time: 30-35 minutes
Yield: 1 (9-inch) cake

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled, plus more for greasing the pan
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
2 tablespoons Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, sifted
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee crystals
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons sanding sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter and flour 9-inch pie plate or loose bottom tart pan.
  3. Whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, almond extract and salt in a large bowl until frothy and pale; about 2 minutes.
  4. Add 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup flour and cocoa powder and stir until incorporated.
  5. Pour into prepared pie plate or pan. Top with the almonds and sanding sugar.
  6. Bake the cake until top is golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Be careful not to overbake.
  7. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool slightly before serving.

Store: This cake can be made one day ahead wrapped (un-iced) in food film and stored at room temperature. About an hour before serving, ice it up and let it set before cutting.

ChefSecret: Fancy it up. Yes, everything tastes better with chocolate. You can make the perfect icing as a topper for this perfect cake in either Dark or White Chocolate.

Ingredients:
For the chocolate icing:

4 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, chopped (for a white chocolate icing use Choclatique Snowy White Chocolate)
4 tablespoons rum (for white chocolate icing substitute orange liquor, like Grand Marnier)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, cubed

Directions:
To make the icing:

  1. Combine the chopped chocolate and liquor in a small bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir continuously as the chocolate melts and remove from heat as soon as it’s smooth.
  2. Add the butter a tablespoon at a time and use a whisk to beat it into the chocolate. Whisk until creamy and smooth.
  3. Let the icing cool to a drizzling consistency, stirring it every 5 minutes or so. It should take about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Drizzle the icing on top of the cooled cake and spread it to cover.

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The Chocolate Doctor’s Chocolate-Honey Cake

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

In Greek mythology, honey was considered the nectar of the gods. During the Mesoamerican period on this continent chocolate was considered the coin of the realm, the aphrodisiac to kings and the food of the gods. So when you bake chocolate and honey together, you have a rich chocolate-honey cake fit for gods and desired by kings.

This cake recipe is simple to make; Make the ganache first, and then start making the cake while the ganache frosting rests.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 40 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: Serves 12

Ingredients:
For the cake:

1 cup Choclatique Rouge Dutch-Processed Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup hot, strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot water
3/4 cup Nature Nate’s Honey, warm
2-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1-1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/8 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (find grind)
4-1/2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Honey Ganache:
12 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate (64% cacao), finely chopped
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons Nature Nate’s Honey
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease two 9 x 2 inch round cake pans and line bottoms with parchment paper rounds. Dust sides with cocoa powder.
  3. Sift cocoa powder into a medium bowl. Whisk in the hot coffee, water and then the honey. Let cool completely.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl.
  5. With an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add the oil, beating until combined. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar. Raise the mixer speed and cream until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well on medium-high speed after each addition.
  7. Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat just until combined.
  8. Using a stand mixer with paddle at the lowest speed add the flour mixture and cocoa mixture alternately, beginning and ending with the flour, scraping down sides as needed. Beat just until combined.
  9. Evenly divide the batter between the two pans. Tap pans lightly to even out before placing in the oven.
  10. Bake on center and lower racks, rotating the pans halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center of each cake comes out with only a few moist crumbs clinging to it, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  11. Run a knife along the sides of the pans. Cool the cakes in their pans on a rack for 10 to 15 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the rack, and remove the pans and the parchment. Let the layers cool completely.

For the ganache:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a large heatproof bowl.
  2. Combine the heavy cream and honey in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until the honey dissolves into the cream, about 30 seconds.
  3. Just as the cream comes to a simmer, pour it over the chocolate. Let stand about 1 minute; then whisk until smooth. Stir in the butter, and vanilla until the butter is melted and the mixture is glossy.
  4. Let ganache cool at room temperature for at least 8 hours. It will thicken as it cools. (The ganache can sit, covered, at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)

Assemble the cake:

  1. Set one of the cake layers on a serving plate upside down.
  2. Spread about 1 cup ganache over the surface of the cake. Top with the second cake layer (right side up) and spread a very thin layer of ganache over the top and sides of the cake to seal in any crumbs. Refrigerate for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the crumb coat to set.
  3. Spread the remaining ganache evenly over the top and sides of the cake.

ChefSecret: Dust the pans with cocoa powder instead of all-purpose flour to prevent white streaks.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Midnight Chocolate-Almond Cake

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

Julia Child’s brought her famous Almond Cake to the taping of The Food Show one Saturday morning for our crew to enjoy. So thoughtful of her—we always loved having Miss Julia as a guest. It was a great cake, but something was missing. What could it be? Maybe a little chocolate? In this recipe I have enhanced Julia’s masterpiece with a little bit of own—Choclatique Chocolate—well, maybe a lot of Choclatique Chocolate.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
Total Time: 30-35 minutes
Yield: 1 (9-inch) cake

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled, plus more for greasing the pan
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
2 tablespoons Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, sifted
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee crystals
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons sanding sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter and flour 9-inch pie plate or loose bottom tart pan.
  3. Whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, almond extract and salt in a large bowl until frothy and pale; about 2 minutes.
  4. Add 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup flour and cocoa powder and stir until incorporated.
  5. Pour into prepared pie plate or pan. Top with the almonds and sanding sugar.
  6. Bake the cake until top is golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Be careful not to overbake.
  7. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool slightly before serving.

Store: This cake can be made one day ahead wrapped (un-iced) in food film and stored at room temperature. About an hour before serving, ice it up and let it set before cutting.

ChefSecret: Fancy it up. Yes, everything tastes better with chocolate. You can make the perfect icing as a topper for this perfect cake in either Dark or White Chocolate.

For the chocolate icing:
4 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, chopped (for a white chocolate icing use Choclatique Snowy White Chocolate)
4 tablespoons rum (for white chocolate icing substitute orange liquor, like Grand Marnier)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, cubed

To make the icing:

  1. Combine the chopped chocolate and liquor in a small bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir continuously as the chocolate melts and remove from heat as soon as it’s smooth.
  2. Add the butter a tablespoon at a time and use a whisk to beat it into the chocolate. Whisk until creamy and smooth.
  3. Let the icing cool to a drizzling consistency, stirring it every 5 minutes or so. It should take about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Drizzle the icing on top of the cooled cake and spread it to cover.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Wilshire Crest School (Gloria’s) Sheet Cake

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Choclatique—150 Simply 150 Elegant Desserts, Running Press, 2011

I went to Wilshire Crest grade school in Los Angeles for a year, met and fell in love with Gloria. Well, not so much in love with Gloria, but I did love with Gloria’s chocolate cake. Gloria was the cafeteria worker who had the responsibility for all of the baking.

I ran into Gloria at LA’s Farmer’s Market years later. I told her how much I missed her delicious cake—it really was (and is) so moist and delicious. She told me former students and parents have asked her for the recipe for years and she always obliges. I’m sure you’ll find it reminds you of happy days in grade school and it is so very easy to make—30 minutes.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Ready In: 30 minutes
Yield: 24 to 36 slices

Ingredients:
For the cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 cup butter
1 cup water
4 tablespoons Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tablespoons Choclatique Onyx Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the frosting:
6 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tablespoons Choclatique Onyx Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup butter
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 Teaspoon pure almond extract
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Directions:
For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. (325°F if using a glass baking dish)
  2. Grease and *flour a 10 x 15 inch pan.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside.
  5. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir cocoa mixture into the egg mixture and vanilla, mixing until blended.
  6. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

For the icing:

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 5 tablespoons cocoa and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
  2. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and almond extracts, then fold in the nuts (if using), mixing until blended.
  3. Spread the frosting over the warm cake.

ChefSecret: *When you grease and flour the pan dust with cocoa powder instead of flour so you don’t leave any white streaks on the cake. I use the 2 Choclatique cocoa powders—Rouge for flavor and Onyx for the deep rich, dark chocolate color.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s California’s Best Chocolate Cake With Perfect Chocolate-Orange Buttercream Frosting

Friday, July 24th, 2015
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

This is the best chocolate cake recipe that we’ve ever made. If you were a fan of one of my restaurants, The Custom House, The Palm Grill, Assay Office, Fanny Fish Market or China Rose, chances are you may have already enjoyed it. We use the base recipe as a 4-Layer Layer Chocolate Cake or as the cake ingredient in our Hot Fudge Nut Trifle or Chocolate-Nut Sludge. It’s easy to make, bake, frost and decorate. Also, it’s perfect for those summer picnics.

Prep. Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients:
For the cake:

2 cups granulated sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Choclatique Onyx Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs (beaten)
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup hot coffee; freshly brewed

For the frosting:
1 stick butter, unsalted
2/3 cup Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder, sifted
3 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1/3 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon orange extract

Directions:
For the cake:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut two parchment round baking sheets and fit into the bottom of your two 9-inch round baking pans. Spray with non stick cooking spray.
  3. Sift the first 6 dry ingredients and whisk in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the hot coffee and mix well with a spoon (batter will be thin).
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake in the center of the oven for 30-35 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool 10 minutes and then remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

  1. Melt the butter and stir in the cocoa.
  2. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to a good spreading consistency. Add more milk, if needed.
  3. Stir in vanilla and orange extract.
  4. Spread a layer of frosting on the top of a cake layer. Top with the second cake layer and frost the cake completely with an artistic flourishes.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate Cake Epitome

Friday, July 25th, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

There’s a lot to be said when it comes to chocolate cake. But just like with everything else in life, not all chocolate cakes are created equal. The most important thing about a great chocolate cake is that it actually has to taste like chocolate. The consistency should be moist and dense, because chocolate is dense and that’s what you get from this recipe. When it comes to chocolate, this recipe takes the cake. It’s a simple and basic and packs a big chocolate wallop. It is the companion cake to our Choclatique Epitome truffle collection inspired by the growing demand for fine, dark, heirloom chocolate. It is all that the name implies; after all it’s from Choclatique.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Yield: Serves 12

Ingredients:
For the cake:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 Cup Choclatique Natura Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, 3 tablespoons for dusting
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup very hot coffee
1/4 cup Grand Marnier (or other strong orange-flavored liqueur)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/4 Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips

For the frosting:
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1 cup confectioner’s sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, oil, buttermilk and egg; mix well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and beat well.
  5. Add the baking soda and then add the boiling water, hot coffee and orange liqueur. Mix well.
  6. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts.
  7. Dust the chocolate chips with cocoa powder to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the cake. Fold the chips into the batter. The batter will be very thin.
  8. Pour into a greased and cocoa powder dusted 9 x 13 cake pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  9. Let the cake cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

  1. Cream together the cream cheese, orange zest and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add the vanilla and almond extracts, sift in the powdered sugar and beat until well blended, creamy and smooth.

ChefSecret: You can make it in advance and keep it in the freezer – it still tastes great!

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The ChocolateDoctor’s St. Paddy’s Day Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake With Guinness Chocolate Icing

Friday, February 21st, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

I bet you’ll hear, “This is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had!“ You’ll hear comments like this and much more when you serve this ultra dark, rich chocolate cake with its luscious chocolate icing. Use Choclatique Elephant Chocolate (76% cacao) or a really good chocolate bar with at least 74% cacao to intensify the chocolate flavor (do not use unsweetened baking chocolate), and you don’t have to wait for St. Paddy’s Day to make this cake! It’s not the luck of the Irish that make this cake so good; it’s the Guinness!

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Bake Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Yield: Makes 1 9-inch layer cake (2 layers)

Ingredients:
For the Cake:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Choclatique Black Onyx Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup Irish Guinness Stout Beer
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
4 ounces Choclatique Elephant Dark Chocolate (76%), chopped
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup crème fraîche (see ChefSecret)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

For the Icing:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, chopped
5 tablespoons Irish Guinness Stout Beer
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners‘ sugar, sifted (or more as needed)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Butter two the 9-inch cake pans and dust with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.
  3. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, heat 1 cup of the stout beer, 1-1/4 cups butter, 4 ounces chocolate and the sugar just until the butter and chocolate have melted; stir to blend mixture, and cool slightly.
  4. Beat the eggs and crème fraîche together in a large mixing bowl; gradually stir in the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Add the melted chocolate mixture in small additions, stirring to blend. Pour half the batter into each prepared cake pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the top of the cake bounces back when touched lightly with a finger, about 40 minutes. Cool the cakes on racks.

For the Icing:

  1. Place 1/2 cup of the butter, 4 ounces of dark chocolate and 5 tablespoons of stout beer in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Continue to cook and stir just until the chocolate has melted; stir to blend mixture completely. Remove from the heat, and cool slightly.
  2. In a mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, and vanilla extract until smooth; gradually beat in 1/2 cup of the confectioners’ sugar. Pour in the cooled chocolate-stout mixture and mix well. Add confectioners’ sugar until the icing is to your desired consistency, adding more sugar if you like a firmer icing.
  3. Place a cake layer on a serving plate, and smooth about one third of the frosting over the cake top. Place the second cake onto the frosted layer, and spread remaining two thirds of the frosting over the top and sides of the cake.

ChefSecret #1: By dusting the cake pans with cocoa powder you won’t get messy white flour streaks on the cake and the baked layers will still release from the pan.

ChefSecret #2: You should have about 1/4 cup of Guinness left in the bottle (if you didn’t cheat and drink it all). For a moister cake pour the remaining Guinness into a small sauce pan along with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Using a wide pastry brush, brush on the mixture on to the first layer before frosting.

ChefSecret #3: You can make your own crème fraîche by adding 2 tablespoons of cultured buttermilk to 1 pint of heavy cream in a non-reactive container (glass or plastic). Cover and allow to rest at room temperature until thickened to desired texture, about 12 hours. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Or, sour cream can be substituted for the crème fraîche.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Cake

Friday, May 24th, 2013
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

I was filling in for another contestant who had gotten sick right before the competition started for a Bundt Cake cook-off at the Texas State Fair. I had less than 3 hours to create a recipe, purchase the ingredients and bake the cake. I was a bit nervous, but found a “fast-scratch” solution. This recipe couldn’t be any easier! No one would ever believe it starts with a package cake mix and instant pudding. The only other ingredients are sour cream, eggs, vegetable oil and, of course Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips. Blue Ribbon Chocolate Cake is a moist, intensely-flavored chocolate cake that will last for days if your friends and family allow.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 50 to 55 minutes
Cool Time: 90 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients:
1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix (I use Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines)
1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix (I use Jell-O brand)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions:

    1. Preheat an oven to 350º F.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 9-or 10-inch Bundt pan.
    3. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    4. Cool cake thoroughly in pan for at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate. If desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar.

ChefSecret: Finish it off and crown the top with your favorite cream cheese or butter cream frosting.

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