I had to work off some calories after I ate "several" pieces of this cake....I think this is the cleanest my desk has been in years! In the background you can see my sewing center, and that other organizer is holding my copic ink refills. The shelf on the wall in the background holds my cricut cartridges. It might be a long time before you see my desk so clean again. I am sure of it!
Take a peek at this yummy...
Hot Fudge Whopper Cake
OH. MY. GOSH.
I guess this week's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday is really going to be What's Not On Your Workdesk Wednesday...because I ate it....no leftovers.
I am going to share this recipe here on my blog, but I will tell you that I found it online on a blog named Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.
Kristan is a real character, she makes me laugh...you should read her latest post HERE about periscopes!
About my cake.
My favorite part....the lightest chocolate frosting ever..
I used a boxed cake mix and made the frosting using her recipe. ( Here you go Jill! You might have to add this to your Cookbook Club Cake section!)
This cake takes time to make, only because everything has to be cold and set up before the next step, so it is best to start the day before you need it!
Hot Fudge Whopper Cake
Make your chocolate cake and cool. (I used two 8 inch cake pans)
If you use a cake mix, Kristan says to make sure to beat your mixture a full 3 minutes like it says on the package. I have personally always used a cake mix...they are so moist...and easy.
Don't over bake. Start checking before the time is up to see if the cake springs back in the center.
Let your cake cool, wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least several hours or even overnight. ( I chilled mine overnight)
Level your cake by trimming off the dome of the cake , frost between the layers and then frost the whole cake with a crumb coat. (Use the frosting recipe below..).
Malted Chocolate Frosting
2 cubes of salted butter (1 cup), softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup Ovaltine malt powder (I bought Ovaltine Chocolate Malt powder...even yummier!)
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat butter, vanilla and water until smooth (year right...water does not mix with butter, but I tried my best). Add powdered sugar, cocoa and Ovaltine and beat until blended. Increase speed to medium high and beat for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. I think I added a little bit more powdered sugar just to make it a little creamier.
That is it....my favorite part of this cake!!!
You will use this frosting for your crumb coat and then frost with it again and chill so that when you add the ganache, it will not flood everywhere. Make sure your frosted cake is nice and chilled before adding your ganache..
( I did save a little of the frosting and ran a small line of frosting around the bottom edge of the cake so I could stick the whoppers in place...they do like to roll all over!)
4 oz of semi sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup HEAVY whipping cream
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
Heat cream in a saucepan over medium low heat until simmering, Pour hot cream over chopped chocolate and stir until chocolate is melt. Stir in the corn syrup and allow to cool and thicken.
The Cookbook Queen says:
Before pouring a ganache on your cake, make sure your frosting is chilled and set. This will keep it from making a big melty mess of your cake. spoon or pour ganache on the center of the cake and spread right to the edges. It will drip down by itself.
Add you whoppers for decoration!
Kristan stated that even ugly cakes deserve to be ate, because you can always start over! This is no ugly cake!
A funny footnote:
Okay...now I made this cake for my Sweetie for his birthday cake. I also made dinner and had a nice pot of mashed potatoes included in my dinner. My Dad thought the ganache was dark gravy and added it over his mound of potatoes. For some reason he did not think the combo tasted too good. :)