Dark Chocolate Ganache Cake

ganache

A birthday is a great opportunity to bake a special occasion cake. When it comes to birthday cake, the more decadent the better! This cake is a good representation of that philosophy. It’s actually a variation on the Post Punk Kitchen’s “Fauxstess Cupcake” recipe.

cocoa

Dark chocolate layers (Callebaut cocoa, Amazon.com), chocolate mousse filling (Dagoba), chocolate buttercream (more Callebaut) and bittersweet chocolate ganache (Green & Black). Is it worth it?? Every penny.

icing

After completely cooling layers, fill with chilled chocolate mousse then ice with your favorite chocolate buttercream. My recipe comes from Epicurious.com.

glaze

After icing the cake with a nice smooth layer of buttercream, let it set up in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Make a double batch of the ganache, then pour it over the chilled cake on a cooling rack, draining the excess ganache onto waxed paper (to save for later). Chilled ganache makes great truffles.

piping

Pipe a nice shell border to finish.

finished

21 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Ganache Cake

  1. This looks just wonderful. Buttercream gives a richness to cake that I just love. The darker the chocolate the deeper the taste. The first cut must have been both heart breaking and exciting at the same time.

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