A friend asked me to make a "show-off" chocolate cake that he could give as a gift to the staff at his primary care physician's office... and this recipe filled the bill very nicely. I used a high-quality, very dark chocolate, added 2 Tablespoons Chambord raspberry liquer to the batter, baked in 3 layers, and made a simple ganache (2 cups very dark chocolate melting chips, 1 cup heavy cream melted together and cooled on the counter to retain its lovely gloss) to frost.
Split 2 layers horizontally, turned cut sides down and brushed lightly with a couple more Tablspoons Chambord, then assembled with a bit of ganache between layers, and frosted with the remaining ganache and garnished the top with chopped black walnuts. The third layer I cut in half to make a "half cake" for my friend and his neighbors.
Both cakes were stored in fridge about 36 hours before serving...
His Dr. reminded him that he was "NOT supposed to be eating things like this, but it's REALLY good!"
No negative reviews, and he was very pleased with the results...
Great cake, lovely presentation, not for daily comsumption!
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A friend asked me to make a "show-off" chocolate cake that he could give as a gift to the...