Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Betty's Chocoholic Cake

Who wouldn't want to bake (and eat!) a beautiful chocolate cake from Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking Chez Moi?  This cake has lots and lots of chocolate and lots and lots of butter.  It is therefore intensely chocolate-y . . . and much enjoyed by my guests.

Dorie suggests decorating the cake with white chocolate curls.  I am never completely pleased with the result of my chocolate curls.   I use a vegetable peeler that is sharp and I try to warm the chocolate a bit before attempting to cut the curls, but the result seems to resemble shavings rather than curls.  Any suggestions?

Melting butter and chocolate.

Beating the egg yolks.

I love the technique for making the ganache:  pour  boiled cream over chocolate, let sit for 30 seconds, then gently stir in concentric circles.  Baking is so much fun!

Beautiful ganache.

Working on spreading the ganache.

Cleaned up plate and white chocolate curls added.

Two of the folks at our dinner.  I managed to get a photo before the cake was entirely consumed!

For more examples of this lovely cake, check out the blogs of other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers.


  1. Look like this is an ultimate chocolate cake with company. I, too, want to find out reliable ways to make chocolate curls. Love your cake.

  2. That is one beautiful cake. It's perfect for company since it's so rich and chocolate-y, a little goes a long way.

  3. Mmm... looks delicious! Nice job!

  4. Mmm... looks delicious! Nice job!

  5. I am hopeless at making chocolate curls, so no suggestions here. Your cake turned out beautifully.

  6. Your cake looks delicious!! I'm terrified of layers so I'll be grateful if mine come out half as well as yours did.

  7. I am hopeless at chocolate curls too. I didn't think this cake needed more sweetness so I left them off. Glad your diners liked it.