Monday, January 26, 2015

One Layer Fudge Cake

Absolutely sinful... There's just no other way to describe this One Layer Fudge Cake folks! Have you made ganache before? It was a new food to me and I couldn't get over how shiny and beautiful it is. And yes, I will be making it more often:@) The cake was really, really good too, moist and deeply chocolate. This was a big hit at Sunday dinner and as you can tell, I can't recommend this recipe enough!
Bloggy Buddy Liz made a pretty round cake and the ganache dripped and draped down the sides... The bonus about making it in a baking dish? None of the ganache drips off the bottom, it gets trapped in the pan, those slices on the sides have some serious icing:@)
Oh Momma...

One Layer Fudge Cake with Chocolate Ganache Icing-from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
1 C A/P flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C plus 2 Tblsp unsweetened cocoa powder
4 oz (one stick) butter, melted and warm
1 1/4 C brown sugar-I used 1 C
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C hot water-I boiled mine and took it off the heat until I was ready to use it

8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 C heavy cream
1 Tblsp sugar
  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Sift cocoa powder into dry ingredients and whisk to incorporate. (I just sifted everything together.)
  2. In a large bowl mix the butter and brown sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add the dry mixture and stir until just combined.
  4. Pour the hot water over the top and stir until just combined and smooth.
  5. Pour batter into a greased 8" round cake pan or greased 8" square baking dish. 
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. If using a cake pan, allow to cool on a rack for 10 minutes, run a knife around the edge and turn out onto a cooling rack. If using a baking dish allow to cool completely.
  8. Place chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring cream just to a simmer and remove from heat. Pour over chocolate and whisk until the chocolate is smooth. Add sugar and mix well. (I used chocolate chips that I heated in the microwave a bit first and added the sugar to the chocolate before adding the cream-don't tell Liz:@)
  9. Let the ganache cool a bit and then slowly pour it over the cake. 
  10. Step back and admire your masterpiece!
Treat yourself to something amazing and have a happy day:@)

My New Foods List:
(If my sons happen to read this... relax! I still promise fairly "normal" Sunday dinners...)
hominy ~ artichokes ~ fish sauce (I'm scared) ~ leeks ~ almond paste ~ oyster sauce (scared again) ~ gorgonzola ~ dates ~ brisket ~ parsnips ~ adobo ~ meringue powder ~ fennel ~ goat cheese (I'm told to be scared) ~ souffle ~ red velvet anything ~ curry ~ capers ~ chow chow ~ pot stickers ~pho ~ ponzu sauce ~ fondant ~ fire roasted tomatoes ~ Gruyere ~ Quinoa ~ Tetrazzini any kind ~ Divinity ~ Meyer lemon ~ lemon curd ~ shallots ~turkey tenderloin and Chipotle Powder ~ Smoked Turkey Sausage ~ ganache

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  1. That's a seriously good cake Lynn. I could eat a slice with my breakfast this morning :)

  2. Oh, my gosh, your cake turned out beautifully!!! Thanks for the shout out, my friend!!! I'm so glad you finally checked ganache off your list :)

  3. Yes, I have made ganache, Lynn, and yes, it is sinful! One of my favorite cakes is Texas Sheet Cake, but it makes a large amount. This cake is smaller size and I love that. I'll be making this soon!

  4. I'm with Sam! It's not just for dinner!! I have made ganache and it is wonderful.


  5. Oh my goodness, this looks awesome and yes, sinful... for many occasions too, like birthdays, desserts cause it's moist, etc. Thanks for sharing my friend.

  6. i've had ganache before on a store-bought cake. your cake looks great!

  7. I have had ganache on small cookies and cakes at a tea room. Having a whole cake in the house might be dangerous. But the recipe does sound easy enough for me. I think I will have to try it!

  8. Swoon. I am making this cake immediately!

  9. Oh yeah, that looks pretty spectacular! I love Rattlebridge Farm's comment. LOL

  10. Thank you for this recipe. It tickles my sweet tooth just looking at the picture!

  11. just looking at this has put pounds on my hips!!

  12. Oh, Lord have mercy Woman....You're killing me! Wasn't there a cake called "Death by Chocolate"? I think it has met its match!!!!

  13. Hi Lynn, Sounds fantastic! My favorite cake is Texas sheet cake and this sounds similar. I was looking at your new foods list and noted you have made good progress! I have suggestions for a couple items left on your list. Parsnips: Put a roast, parsnips, potatoes, carrot and onion in a crockpot and cook all day long. Yum. And for almond paste, google Taste of Home Almond bars. Oh, they are SO, SO good! Hope you are staying warm and dry in the storm.

  14. Now that is just the perfect amount of icing! I am always peeling the icing off because it is too thick. Yum!

  15. This reminds me of a cake the Grandma of a friend of mine made years ago and it was DELICIOUS!!! Pinning this one to give it a try.

  16. This cake looks soo good! I love ganache!

  17. I'll have one of those side pieces please, one with all of the extra ganache! This looks scrumptious! :)

  18. I can almost [I wish!] taste this cake through your photo Lynn!! It looks soooo moist! I have been looking for the perfect chocolate cake recipe, and this just might be it! Your ganache is gorgeous! I see brisket is on your new foods list, as much as you love to grill, you would love it~I am going to do a post about it soon, we just tried Bobby Flay's recipe and it was killer~

  19. Oh, yeah! Ganache is the best! I like that your cake is only one layer - less to feel guilty about :)

  20. omygosh...just LOOKING AT THE PICTURE brings me to my knees...looks sooo good. I just might make it this weekend...
    thanks for sharing the recipe....xoxo

  21. Oh my coffee is so in need of a serving of chocolate to accompany it this morning! I'm still seeing Red Velvet on your 'to try' list, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse :)

  22. Lynn, this looks amazing and sure wish I had a slice right now. Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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