I love to celebrate birthdays (Especially when they're not my own.) A couple of weeks ago, I got to celebrate the birthday of a very special friend. She is a wonderful person and I wanted to make her a cake that was just as sweet as she is.
A dark chocolate four layer cake filled with fluffy whipped cream and topped with a rich chocolate ganache should fit the bill.
I found this recipe for chocolate cake on chasingdelicious.com. I followed the directions for the cake pretty closely but I swapped out the dark chocolate filling for a lighter whipped cream filling. I also skipped the milk chocolate buttercream frosting that was on the pictured his cake. I was a little worried that adding all that chocolate might be too much for some people. (Not everyone is a chocoholic like me.) You can decide for yourself which version of this delicious cake you would like to make.
Dark Chocolate Birthday Cake
2 cups + 2 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups bread flour
1 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup freshly brewed coffee
20 Tablespoons butter
Cool 10 minutes in pan then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
I sliced each layer in half to make 4 equal cake layers. I spread whipped cream on the bottom layer, topped that with another layer of cake and repeated that process 2 more times.
Now it was decision time. I didn't want to take away from the rich, moist cake by adding a chocolate buttercream but I didn't want to leave my cake unfrosted either. My solution? Pour a thick layer of chocolate ganache over the top of the cake and let it drip down the sides.
Happy Birthday sweet friend.
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