Tuesday, June 22, 2010

TWD: Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake



I made 2 versions of this for 2 different occasions. It's good. Not the BEST I've tried but good enough to make more than once. The first time, I made it in a Bundt pan (doubled the recipe). I like the Bundt version better because it's prettier, but the simplicity of a loaf is also great. I smothered the Bundt in creamy milk chocolate frosting, didn't use filling; whereas the loaf got covered in ganache. The frosting wins in my books!





This week's TWD pick by Amy of Amy Ruth Bakes couldn't have come at a better time. My mom asked if I could bake a birthday cake for one of her friends. She wanted a small cake as it was only going to be for a few people, and she wanted something that would keep well for a day or so and still be presentable and yummy.

After flipping through a few books with no luck, this recipe jumped out at me from "Baking: From My Home to Yours". Dorie Greenspan describes this cake as being quick and simple to put together as a batch of brownies, yet elegant and sophisticated enough for a party. She's so right! For minimal effort, this had maximum taste and moistness. It sliced perfectly into 3 layers and looked pretty all dressed up with chocolate ganache. The raspberry jam filling provided a nice contrast to the chocolate and a little surprise for the tongue. It was a hit with the birthday guy!

17 comments:

Justin said...

you say it's "not the best"? hmm, with all that frosting, it sure looks good.

Judy said...

Looks good to me, especially that frosting!

The Mortensens said...

I think this cake would make a fabulous b-day cake! I hope your mom enjoyed it.

And I totally agree about the bunt--it looks a lot prettier.

Rachel said...

Great idea to make a Bundt cake! They look yummy!!

AmyRuth said...

Tia you are so energetic! Nicely done and twice, I might add. Wow. I liked the ease of this one too. Glad it was doable for you. Thanks for baking along.
AmyRuth

TeaLady said...

Both ways look delicious. Like the addition of the almonds. Glad it was enjoyed by all.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks great! ypur right--the bundt is super-pretty.

spike. said...

that frosting looks luscious!

Peggy said...

They both look good, but I have to say the frosting looks so rich and creamy! Would love a piece right now as I am sitting at my desk drooling over all the photos of this cake!

Pamela said...

Looks great both ways, that's for sure. That frosting does look quite tempting, though!

Mary said...

They both look great, but the frosting photo of the bundt--yum!!

The Bake More said...

They both look great. I really like the swirls. So artsy. So luscious. So good.

Romaine said...

Wish I would have gotten an invite to that birthday party. Ganache sounds wonderful.

mike said...

I agree - that frosting looks wonderful. And I LOVE bundts - this worked fantastic as a bundt cake. Both are beautiful cakes!

Flourchild said...

Wow even if it was not the best it sure looks like a Five Star cake!

Piggy said...

The bundt cake looks fabulous with the frosting!

Erin@The Sweet Life said...

What pretty cakes! I hope your mom's friend enjoyed it. I know we enjoyed ours!