for this weeks challenge, the tuesdays with dorie bakers baked up marcel desaulniers mocha brownie cake recipe from the book, baking with julia. with a texture more like a devil’s food cake, this rich little cake wasn’t much of a brownie for this chocolate fan. did that make it a poor choice for a chocolate fix? no, especially not with the thick coat of ganache on top of each little two-bite cake. but truth be told, i would much rather have a traditional, dense and dark chocolate brownie.
the recipe calls this a mocha brownie cake. that was a bit confusing since the cake itself had not a drop of coffee in it. to punch up the mocha flavor, i tried to add a bit of coffee extract to it but did not add enough-my fear of over doing it cancelled out my good intentions. the result was just a really strong chocolate flavored cake with the texture of a devil dog; remember those? for the ganache frosting, i decided to switch the coffee, a mere 1/4 cup, for an equal portion of whisper creek tennessee sipping cream. it seemed like the perfect choice for a dessert to be served at a pot luck dinner. trust me, it was. i came home with an empty plate. good thing i stashed a few at home for my husband and me to indulge in!
as a rule, we do not post the recipes we bake from. it isn’t fair to the author for us to give away the recipes without permission. my suggestion, buy a copy of the book or borrow it from a library or a friend. honestly, it isn’t hard to find; i found it on several websites with a quick google search.
the mini cupcake pan baked up 24 cakes plus a few large hearts to make a shamrock. the ganache recipe was more than i needed to frost the tops of all of the cakes. i had plenty left for the ones i stashed-we couldn’t skimp on the frosting for those!
yeah, it’s hokey. so what, this green eyed irish girl (hey, i’m also italian-what a combo!) had to get a little festive for the pot luck! not sure that anyone noticed it though…
and this is how the husband and i indulged; laid out on a silver platter with a bit of sipping cream to wash it down…perfect. chocolate. indulgence!!!
be sure to check out the tuesdays with dorie page to see how the other bakers fared. perhaps, bake up a batch yourself. if you do, the whisper creek substitution is worth trying. and no, they did not pay me to say that-i do not do endorsements and do not accept payments or advertising. but if someone wants to give me a bottle to bake with, i won’t turn it down! the truth is that i happen to have an open bottle in the fridge and grabbed it rather than brewing up a pot of coffee just for a 1/4 cup, and i am glad i did! bake on friends!