Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday? Hot Fudge Whopper Cake

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


Enough said!

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

The 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..).

Chill again.

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. :)

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Laurie in MN said...

I would have loved to see your Fathers expression when he tasted the potatoes. The cake looked delicious.

For extra flavor,I started adding Vanilla Coffee Mate when preparing the cake mix and the frosting.

Annie said...

Hehehe I bet it was quite a shock at tasting time! Cake looks amazing.
A x

Helen said...

Love the tidy desk - but oh, boy what a fab cake!!

Karen said...

Love the tidy desk and love the look of the cake!!
Have a lovely WOYWW,
Karen #41

Sue said...

Hi hun
what a lovely tidy space, luv all the drawers, oh that cake looks scrummy i can almost taste it, lol at ya dad,thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Tertia said...

OK now that made me LOL for real, chocolate and meat? not my idea of tasty either.
That cake looks positively sinfully good, I will have to give it a try.
Love your Copic starage, where did you find it?

June Nelson said...

Wow sue love your room im soooo envious"!!!! pleased you enjoyed your cake love x

Dragon said...

You temptress!!! I can't believe how tidy your desk is.... And s sewing centre, woo!!! Have a great week

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

That is an amazingly tidy desk and oooohhhhhhh all your pen's! Cake looks so scrum my, no wonder there is none left - that must have been hilarious when your dad ate that with potato - eughhhhh,,,,
Rebecca xxx (44)

Jovita @ Inky Impressions said...

You're making me so hungry for chocolate cake, it looks so yummy.

You have such a tidy workspace and I have to ask where did you purchase your Copic holder? Currently mine are in a little wooden chest and I can't organize them by color :(

Anonymous said...

this is a wow, wow, WOW post Sue! Your desk is so clean! wow! I wish I'd purchased two of the copic displays but I'm thankful I have at least one! I have my refills in a pampered chef spinner thingy... won't work 4 ever though.
The cake... looks so rich! oh my! Can't imagine it on potatoes! yikes! lol
Pam Going Postal

Andria said...

OOOOOH cake and not only that chocolate cake my favourite kind :) It looks delicious.Happy WOYWW.
Andria #32

Chrissy said...

I'll take a piece of that cake while I look at your copic markers and color chart ~ intense!
Chrissy #93

Angie said...

Now I have stopped licking the screen I can comment on your cake ...I mean desk ...so neat and tidy and organized ...how I wish I was organized

Snoopy said...

Ok, Sue! My teenagers are drooling over your cake ... lol. We are definitely going to make (& eat) this one! :D

Snoopy :D


Larissa said...

Woohoo on the clean desk!! I wish my desk was that clean....LOL

And the cake: OH. MY. GOSH.
I want to taste it .....really! It looks very yummy. :)

Shirley N said...

Wow, love looking at all the goodies on/around your desk and your yummy cake. I'm gaining a few pounds just looking, lol. Poor dad, funny but hope he didn't ruin his meal!

Carol Anne said...

I am jealous of the clean workspace and wishing for a big piece of that cake!

Sue said...

OMG if my table was that clean.........I don't know what I would do, haven't seen the table except about a two foot by two foot space in ages.

The cake...simply decadent.......looks wonderful, yes please!!!!


Sunshine Girl said...

What a fabulous craft room you have there! Love the cover for your machine too. Cake sounds wonderful - love the story about your Dad.

Lol said...

Hi Sue,
Now it's a pity I live the other side of the world to you I would have loved a slice of that yummy looking cake.
Mash potato and chocolate very strange mixture but I'd try anything once, well maybe not that on second thoughts, bless him!
Your craft room is wonderful, loving the copics stand and the holder for your ink pads.
Have a very Happy Easter.

Hugs Lol xxx

Ann said...

soooo jealous of your clean area! Maybe it is so clean because you didn't have time to stamp because you were cooking that yummy cake!

Barbee said...

OMG Sue-I gained 10 lbs. just from looking at the cake-I could have come down and licked the bowl for ya. Thanks for sharing!!

Cathy -Mercieschild said...

Sue I love it, I love your blog and when I had a stamping desk it looked like that once,(when I was setting it up) :) wish I had one now. the cake sounds awesome but for the life of me I can't figure out why your Dad didn't like that "gravy" LOL Thank you for sharing this. hugs Cathy

Kirei na Kami said...

I think I gained a few pounds just eying that scrumptious cake:) You know I am gonna have to make this SOON...but I will remember not to make mashed potatoes the day it's served...I can see DH making the same assumption;) Thank you for sharing the recipe! As for your desk...wish mine looked this tidy!! Now, to search for chocolate...there's gotta be some around here somewhere....;)


Carol L said...

Ok Miss Susie Spotless Showoff! Now that your desk is so neat and tidy, you can hop on a plane and fly over and help me clean my work area! Oh, and don't forget to bring that cake too!! I'm seriously drooling now! LOL I LOVE malted milk balls!!
I'm cracking up over your Dad thinking the ganache was gravy! Oh My Gawd, that must have tasted terrible on mashed potatoes! LOL

Eve said...

oh myyyy... what a CLEAN desk and what a BEAUTIFUL CAKE!!! :-)

Pam said...

Whoppers and Hot Tamales are my faves. You are now my "go to" girl for both.

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