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Devil’s Chocolate Cake w/ Ganache

Wow! Do I have a story for you. When I was visiting California in January, I had the chance to make a few things at my parents house. (Sacramento area). I especially love my mom’s kitchen because it has lots of light. I thought it would be fun to photograph this particular cooking experience.

So while visiting my parent’s house, I couldnt find many health food stores that sell gf flour in bulk. Not like here in Seattle:(For our big family dinner that night I had to make a dessert that my hubby could eat and my mom was in charge of the other dessert. My goal was to make something so yummy that no one could tell it was gluten free. In fact, I wasnt going to tell anyone it was gf, just so I could see if they noticed anything.

Mixing the cake batter and everything went well. I stuck the bunt pan in the oven and set the timer. Meanwhile my mom is baking two prime ribs, her dessert and doing other misc. things around the kitchen. The next thing I know, something is burning! We figure out that my mom accidentally upped the cake temperature to 500 degrees…and yes it was pretty much ruined.

So I started over again with my friend Betty Crocker. This time around I thought I would try to be sneaky and throw a handful of chocolate chips in the batter. That was my FIRST mistake. I learned that when you do that, they all sink to the bottom. So when time came to flip over the cake from out of the bunt pan, the chocolate stuck to the pan and therefore caused the top of the cake to look like it had craters. It was pretty ugly if you ask me!

So then I thought, well, I need to top this cake with something so that it doesnt look so bad.

I got the great idea of making dark chocolate ganache. Oh and was that a hit! I have never made it before and thought it was a breeze to make. But that is where my SECOND mistake happened. I didnt let the ganache cool long enough and it melted all over the cake and made a puddle around it. (Picture below)…

So after a burnt cake, re-doing a 2nd one, and having cosmetic issues, I got done in JUST enough time to snap a picture of it as the sun was going down.

The last thing I wanted to do was add some homemade whipped cream. So I used the rest of the heavy cream, whipped it and added some sugar. It wasnt too sweet, and went well with the super rich cake.

The reviews? Apparently it was the favorite dessert of the night. No one could tell that it was gf, and they all loved the hint of coconut from the oil that I used.

Considering that my husband went back for 2nds and 3rds, I knew it had ranked high on the “hubb-o-meter”.

I really love Betty Crocker GF desserts. They are great tasting, have a fabulous texture and I cant tell the difference between these and non-gf betty crocker desserts.

I am known for grabbing a box for last minute desserts. And the cool part? They sell these by the case on Amazon!

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Leah F - February 12, 2011 - 06:21

This looks so yummy!! Can you invite me over for dinner?? Sorry it went crazy but that it came out amazing!

ann - February 14, 2011 - 12:02

Wow. Lovely! Looks sooo yummy :) And the photos …beautiful. May I ask you what kind of camera/lens do you use?

Best regards,
ann

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