The Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache, Kahlua Whipped Cream and Oreo is the definition of indulgent baking!
My friend Jocelyn has written a lovely book called Grandbaby Cakes and this cake is one of the masterpieces in it!
Sharing it with you today is pure joy for me as I consider Jocelyn to be like a sister. She is smart, sassy, hilarious, thoughtful, kind, and talented beyond words. If I were a bettin’ gal I would put money on FAME in Jocelyn’s future… big things I know!
In honor of the release of her book Jocelyn said I could share a recipe with you. Woo Hoo! But not only that, she said that she wanted to give one lucky iambaker reader the chance to win a new Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. WOO HOO! Today is a good day! (To enter see the contest entry below)
As you can imagine, I just had to add a little twist (ha, see what I did there?) on her wonderfully classic recipe. I added this decorative rope-like design. It was inspired by Miette and her take on the beauty of Naked Cakes as well as inspired by these Elegant White Cupcakes I made last week.
Recipe from Grandbaby Cakes shared with permission.
This cake was a blessing to me in more ways that one! Not only was it so good, but I was able to share this delicious cake with my mother-in-law.
My husband has been out of town for a week now (he is bow-hunting and the location they go to has no cell reception so I do not hear from him for a couple weeks!) and our babysitter went off to college in August. On top of that, I impaled my hand and wasn’t able to use it for some time! I have been feeling overwhelmed and exhausted and stressed and did I mention overwhelmed?
Well, on Friday she called and asked if it was ok if she came over and spend the night. Um, yes, yes it would be. Not only was I able to make this glorious cake and photograph it, (without interruption of sweet little ones underfoot) but we were able to have it for dessert! It was a lovely time of talking and relaxing and just enjoying each other’s company. I am so thankful for my MIL and for Jocelyn’s amazing recipe!
Quick tips on how to build a layer cake when using Whipped Cream:
- Use a dowel. Or better yet, use a plastic straw. I talk about that in detail here, but basically you just insert a straw into the cake to rest the layers on.
- Add a bit of meringue powder to your homemade whipped cream. This helps to create a more sturdy whipped cream.
- Chill between layers. Try freezing for 15 minutes before adding the next layer of cake on top. If using this method make sure you serve the cake very cold!