Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chocolate Cake

This time around I decided to make some chocolate cake.  No special recipe here, just used the standard cake recipe out of a Betty Croker cookbook.

Mise en place

My mise en place for the cake.  I’ve got two different cocoas here for the cake, not because it’s better that way or I intended to do so, but rather I was running out of the Sharffen Berger cocoa, so has to fall back on the Hershey’s.


Here’s the cocoa for the cake.

Mixed dry ingredients

Mixing the dry ingredients together first.

Mixing the batter

Then everything goes into the bowl and gets mixed.

Finished batter

Scraping down the sides of the bowl and ready to put into the pans.

Batter split between the pans

Cake batter gets distributed between the pans.  I should have weighed them to make sure they were even, but I forgot to weigh by mixing bowl before hand to be able to figure out how much batter I had in the end.  They ended up a little uneven, but it still turned out pretty well.

Batter in pan

Close up of the batter in a pan.

Baked cake

The smaller of the two pans after baking.

A vampire was here

Close up of the vampire bite in the cake.  It’s where I was testing for doneness with a toothpick.

Baked larger cake

The larger of the two cakes came out of the oven.

Testing spots on the larger cake

Close up of the larger cake.

Cooling cake

De-panning of the cakes.  They are still warm at this point, so they go back onto the wire racks.

Diamond cake

The cake got a interesting diamond pattern on the top of it since I had it upside down twice on it’s top.

Cake, side view

Side view of the cake.  (aside, I’m not sure why but I love this picture).

Butter and sugar

While the cakes are cooling, time to make the frosting.  I decided to make a chocolate buttercream.  It starts with soften butter and powdered sugar.

Chopped chocolate

Some chocolate gets melted in a double boiler for the frosting.  I’m using some good quality ~60% cocoa Callebaut chocolate here.

Some coffee

Some strong coffee for the frosting.  I was going for a mocha buttercream, but it needed some work as you couldn’t taste the coffee at all by the end of it.

Melted chocolate

The chocolate is finally melted.


Everything gets mixed together and whipped up.  Some cream is slowly added until the consistency is correct.

Prepared cake board

Preparing the cake board to receive the cake.  I’ve got a few pieces of parchment paper laid down to keep the cake board clean while frosting the cake.

Preparing to frost the cake

The larger of the two cakes goes down, and the top is removed with a sharp bread knife.  The top is removed to flatten it out since it gets a slightly mounded top while baking.  Also, it gives the baker something to snack on and without having to take a piece of the final cake.

Cake with no top

A close up of the topped cake.

Finished cake

Some frosting goes on top of the first cake.  Followed by the other cake, which also gets its top removed.  Finally it all gets frosted.  I should have taken a few pictures of that process, but got too involved and forgot about the camera.


A close up shot of the finished frosting.

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