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Monday, February 4, 2013

Chocolate Truffle Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce


Goodbye January, heeeeeeello February; a month of handmade hearts, feminine frills and lot of chocolate yumminess! Did i forget to mention the ton of kisses. Real or Hershey's kiss you ask....does it matter? I think not!
Put on your chichi unmentionables, and take out your crystal flutes for some bubbly. Cant have our bubbly feeling lonely, that is why i suggest you pair it with the darkest, most intense chocolate truffle cake ever.
Looking for an even bigger "i'm in the mood for love" factor? Drizzle a rich salty caramel sauce over your truffle, and if that doesn't bring you into the season of romance…i don't know what will! Enjoy!

Chocolate Truffle Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce
Makes: One 9-inch cake
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hr 30 min
1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
14 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate
¼ instant  coffee granules
6 eggs
½ cup superfine sugar
¼ cup dark brown sugar
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup light corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
1 vanilla bean, split and beans scraped into a bowl 
Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan and line with parchment paper cut to fit the bottom of the pan. Set the prepared pan inside a 12-inch pan. In a double boiler, heat chocolate and 7 tablespoons butter until fully melted. Stir until smooth. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, coffee granules, the superfine sugar, dark brown sugar, ¼ cup light brown sugar and the vanilla until fully incorporated. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the egg mixture; whisk until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared 9-inch pan. Carefully fill the larger pan with water until it reaches about halfway up the side of the smaller pan. Tightly cover with aluminum foil.
Bake until top of cake is no longer sticky to the touch, about 90 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto a plate to cool completely.
In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the remaining ½ cup light brown sugar, the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, the syrup, ½ cup cream and the salt and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil uncovered until the sauce is very thick and deep golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the remaining ½ cup cream and return to a boil, stirring constantly until the mixture is perfectly smooth. Stir in the vanilla beans. Pour sauce into a heatproof glass jar; refrigerate until just cool (about 2 hours) and spread a thick layer over the cake. Refrigerate the cake until fully cool, about another hour.


Photos and recipe adapted from easyeats.com

6 comments:

The Roasted Root said...

I do believe my boyfriend will fall in love with me all over again if I make this cake for Valentine's Day! This cake is meant for lovers, I tell ya!! Annnnd...anyone who enjoys cake!

Cardamom fig said...

Wait... Is this just a giant chocolate truffle? YUM!?

mela kanavos said...

Yes, yes it is... and it is yuuuuuuummmmyyyyy!

Megan said...

Wait, the recipe calls for "¼ instant coffee granules"-- is that a quarter of a cup, or a quarter of something else?

Gretchen Yoder said...

Would love to know about the coffee granules from the above comment.

Mikeyy y said...

Can we get clarification on the coffee granules? Thanks

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