Friday, November 9, 2012

Fall Themed Cake Challenge

Maple Leaf Chocolate Cake - ButterYum

Hi Everyone.  A couple weeks ago I was asked if I was interested in participating in a 2012 Fall Themed Cake Challenge, where a group of food bloggers would join together and post some nifty seasonal sweet treats.  How could I say no?  My entry is a fairly simple solution for those who want to make an autumnal cake, but aren't comfortable doing elaborate cake decorating techniques.  I've used a maple leaf template here, but other templates would work for other occasions.  A snowflake would be perfect for a winter buffet.  Recipes for the cake are at the bottom of this post.  Also, there's a list of the participating bloggers listed below - I hope you check them out.




Chocolate Domingo Cake with Decorative Stencil
Printable Recipe
serves 10-12
recipe adapted from The Cake Bible

1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons (42g) Dutch processed cocoa powder
2/3 (160g) cup sour cream
2 large (100g) eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons (6g) pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon (156g) sifted cake flour
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon (4g) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon (1.5g) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (3.5g) salt
14 tablespoons (200g) unsalted butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350F and line a a 9-inch springform pan with a 9-inch round of parchment paper on the bottom, then spray the parchment paper and sides of the pan with a flour/oil baking spray (hold the parchment paper in place with a dab of butter or shortening).  In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the remaining dry ingredients.  Add the butter and cocoa mixture; mix on low for 30 seconds, then increase the speed to medium and continue mixing for about 2 minutes.  Spread the batter into a smooth layer in the prepared pan.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center of the cake clean (one or two crumbs are okay).  Cool cake completely.

To decorate as shown:
Lay a template in the center of the completely cool cake.  Sprinkle an even layer of powdered sugar over the entire surface of the cake and carefully removed the template.  Pipe a buttercream border around the edges and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.

Chocolate Egg White Buttercream
Printable Recipe
makes about 2 cups (double to frost an entire 9-inch cake)
adapted from The Cake Bible

5 ounces (142g) bittersweet chocolate
1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, softened
2 large (60g) egg whites
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar

Gently melt chocolate in microwave on high, stirring every 10-15 seconds until almost completely melted.  Rely on the residual heat to finish melting the chocolate as you continue to stir; set aside to cool.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form; slowly add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.  Gradually add the room temperature butter, a tablespoon at a time, until it's fully incorporated.  Add the cooled melted chocolate and whip until fully combined.  Note:  use pasteurized egg whites if you have any concerns about using fresh egg whites.









25 comments:

  1. This looks delish! I love how something simple can make a cake stand out! Thank you so much for participating in the challenge.

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  2. Patricia, I have been waiting for the recipe of this cake since you sent the picture to me. It looks really good and I would love to make it. Thank you for being part of this project.

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  3. WOWZER!!! This looks beyond delightful. I am moving this up on my TO DO SOON list - neat!

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  4. Your creation is absolutely gorgeous! I bet it tastes amazing too!!

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  5. Beautiful cake! Sounds so yummy too!

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  6. Thanks for sharing the recipes - looks yummy! It was fun being part of this cake project with you! Juanita

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  7. I love the leaf stencil and how it creates a 3D effect. Thanks for the recipe. 8-)

    Chineka - Savor the Baking

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  8. This cake sounds amazing and is so striking! Beautiful!

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  9. Oh my gosh that looks like an amazing chocolate cake, that buttercream swoon!!

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  10. This cake sounds delicious. I love Cake Bible. I don't use it as often as I should, it is full of great recipes.
    Beautiful cake, stencil is perfect for the Fall.

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  11. The cake recipe sounds delicious and yours looks perfect for a Thanksgiving buffet with the leaf stencil! Very nice!

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  12. Your cake looks sooo yummy! Thanks for the recipie!
    Nice to meet you!

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  13. hello Patricia , I have made this cake and it teats real delicious and easy to make too , oh "I forgot to say that I did it" that is the Chocolate egg whites Buttercream and you are right it's really easy to do , here is the link to the cake I made http://maggiescupcakes1.blogspot.ca/ ...hugs Rosa.

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  14. Yum ... this cake sounds so good!

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  15. That cake is beyond gorgeous...but every recipe you share is butteryumilicious!! What a beautiful mosaic of all the creations. Thanks for your visit to my blog.

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  16. I have read the Buttercream directions 10x but don't see at what point to add sugar. Please advise. Buttercream and egg whites would indicate boiling it to a syrup... but I'd rather hear it from you! :)
    (perfecttorte.blogspot.com)

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    1. I'm so sorry about that - this recipe doesn't require the sugar to be heated. The granulated sugar is added to the egg whites while they're whipping. Thanks for bringing that error to my attention - I fixed it. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    2. hello Patricia it's Rosa just want to ask some thing , why dose this Chocolate Egg white Buttercream have no cream of tartar and the Chocolate Egg white Buttercream in Rose's Heavenly Cakes dose???

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    3. I have no idea, but it must not be a critical ingredient. You can probably ask Rose directly on her blog (realbakingwithrose.com).

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  17. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest follower from Stone Gable's blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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  18. It is stunning and I am sure it is delicious. Give me a chocolate cake anytime and like you, I always want it to be gorgeous.

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  19. Oh my goodness this cake looks delicious & it's gorgeous!

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  20. This cake looks beautiful and delicious!! Thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my blog, I really appreciate it!

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  21. This is such a lovely looking and sounding cake! LOVE that you used a stencil with powered sugar. I can imagine how delicious your fall chocolate cake is! YUM!

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