Chocolate Cake IV

  • MustangJamie Posted: 07/28/09
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    I thought the cake was excellent, minus the filling. I thought that the coffee taste of the filling was entirely too strong and the chocolate taste was overwhelmed with the coffee flavor. The ganache, however, was rich and chocolatey. I didn't notice the recipe called for ganache then the cream filling for inbetween the layers, so I only put the ganache on the top - I found the recipe actually quite simple, just took a long time for the ganache to get to the proper consistency so I could spread it without it dripping. Overall, I thought it was a good cake and my husband who is a coffee fanatic, LOVED it!

  • Jayel1979 Posted: 09/10/09
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    This cakes was amazing!! The cake portion of the recipe is the most delicious, moist, chocolatety cake I've ever made (trust me, i've tried MANY choc cake recipes before this) Even those who are not coffee lovers (or even likers) thought this cakes was delicious. My boyfriend who never drinks coffee and hates the flavor has requested this cake for his birthday! The ganache icing does need to chill longer to become spreadable though, i stuck it in the fridge towards the end to speed up the process, but don't do it too long otherwise it'll become too hard to spread on the cake.

  • CookCarlan Posted: 10/13/09
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    Loved the cake. The filling recipe is too complicated in my opinion. I simply whipped 2.75 c of whipping cream and some Kahlua, and then added 1 cup of melted (but slighlty cooled) choc. chips. This gives a speckly, light filling. I used Ghirardelli 60% cacoa chips for the bittersweet chocolate. (1 cup = about 5 ounces) Also, I only own 2 round cake pans, so I pour about 2/3 of the batter in one pan and 1/3 of the batter in the second pan. Adjust cooking times. I freeze the thicker cake to make it easier to slice into 2 rounds. I skip the 4 T of ganache on the bottom cake layer and on the second cake layer. I end up with a bit left over ganache but somehow it always gets eaten. Imagine that.

  • akthiede Posted: 04/26/10
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    Amazing!!! The cake was perfect, it is going to be my go to chocolate cake recipe. The filling was absolutely delicious. I would consider skipping the ganache and frosting the whole cake with the buttercream. The ganache is far too amazing to skip, however. I loved the bittersweet chocolate. We couldn't taste the coffee liquer, though. I baked two 9 inch cakes rather than 3 8 inch and reduced the cooking time by about 10 minutes. I cut the filling recipe in half and next time I will also cut the ganache recipe in half. I 150% recommend this!

  • 4gaileybird Posted: 08/06/10
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    I am not a dessert person and don't like to bake. My girlfriend made this for dinner at a friend's house. It is to die for. Goes really well with a glass of red wine. OMG I would give this a 10. I've already had 2 people ask for the recipe. She followed recipe exactly.

  • BabyDevil82 Posted: 09/07/10
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    This is an awesome cake. I will make this again all my friends are asking me to make it for their birthday cakes. It is worth the price of ingredients.

  • Sandralgarth Posted: 11/30/10
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    This is one of the best chocolate cakes I've ever had. Was it time consuming? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes. I understood the measurements and didn't mind buying all that chocolate. The only two things I'd modify next time is to use less coffee in the Mocha-Chocolate Buttercream and to put the Coffee Liqueur Ganache in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to get it to spreading consistency.

  • Pudsmom Posted: 03/25/11
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    I loved this cake. Didn't have 8 inch pans, so used three thin 9 inch pans instead (the ol' tinned steel Bake-king ones with the arm that slides around underneath to loosen the cakes so there was no fussing with parchment paper, etc.) and reduced bake time to 18 min, and checked, prob went to 20. Also, for the buttercream, did 2/3 cup whipping cream to 1/3 cup freshly brewed espresso instead of coffee power, which I didn't have. Chilled both filling and ganache in fridge, and both worked well. Will make again.

  • gigigroom Posted: 01/17/11
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    Best chocolate cake ever! Light and chocolaty. The first time I made it, I accidentally doubled the amount of chocolate in the recipe, and it was fabulous! However, I don't care for coffee flavours, so the next time I left out the cinnamon and coffee in the cake, left out the coffee in the filling (and added an extra tbsp of cocoa), and left out the liqueur in the ganache. MAGNIFICO!! Everyone absolutely loves it.

  • catholicaggie Posted: 09/04/11
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    I just spent all morning making this cake. By far, the most involved dessert I have ever made. But, it looks so yummy...just like the photo. I will be trying it tonight when our guests arrive. Yum! The ganache tastes very bitter. I hope that I made it right. I spread it very thin, so I hope it doesn't over-power the cake.

  • DianaDia Posted: 10/20/11
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    This cake is amazing,I made it for a birthday and everyone loved it.I have tried several recipes searching for The chocolate cake and this is it,I have found it.

  • Anjz12 Posted: 11/02/11
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    I prepared this cake last week. I must admit it is the most liked and appreciated cake I have ever made. I loved the filling. Next time I might just double the recipe for filling to use it as frosting as well. I did cut down on coffee (didn't use coffee liquor). Cake almost looked like the picture. Any advice on how I can add my own picture?

  • SharonOaks Posted: 12/06/12
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    This cake is fantastic. I made it for my daughter's wedding and my brother tasted it and had me make it for his. I quadrupled the recipe and did two tiers. After the wedding there was a four-inch square left that my brother took home with him. He said everyone raved over the groom's cake. Now I get requests for it for birthdays and anniversaries. It takes time and is involved but so very worth it.

  • sletkeman Posted: 05/14/12
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    My son requested a chocolate cake for his 21st birthday so I made this one. Unfortunately I was in a rush and I made at least one mistake...used whipping cream for the buttercream instead of half & half but it was delicious. Also got confused by the cake recipe....is it supposed to be 4 oz. for each chocolate type? Or 1/2 of a 4oz. chocolate bar for each type? I only used 2 oz. of each and it turned out great.

  • HappyChef2002 Posted: 07/21/12
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    This cake is beyond amazing! This cake is full of texture and is very moist. The mousse filling is light and creamy and the ganache is absolutely delicious. Wonderful pairing of textures and taste. I have made this so many times. It is always a huge hit! Making it for a dinner party tonight. Can't wait to indulge once again.

  • chiachee1 Posted: 11/04/13
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    My friend made this for my birthday. Amazing!! Finally coaxed her into giving me the recipe. As much as I love it, I think I'll try frosting it with the buttercream just to see how that goes.

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