As I stated on my last post, I made my first "fancy" cake with ganache, and tried the Chocolate Cake from Whisk Kid's blog (my new favorite blog by the way). It was soooo good. I couldn't use her icing due to the whole "raw egg" factor and certain health issues some of my co-workers are having right now. So, I used the "Quick Vanilla Buttercream" recipe that I found on the Food Network site and it turned out really well. I also used Whisk Kid's Peanut Butter Ganache recipe, but added 1/2 cup more peanut butter because I wanted the PB taste to sing a little more. Her picture of the cake was just gorgeous, but I'm still starting out and needing a little (as in a whole heck of a lot) more practice to get to her level. Her ganache called for dark chocolate, so I used Hershey's Dark Chocolate Chips. I had some left over and didn't have time to make the chocolate curls so I threw those on top.... don't judge me!
The cake was insanely delicious and I will make it for all other chocolate cakes in the future. I really enjoyed the ganache, too. It got the wheels in my head turning about how to make it mocha flavored next time.
Here's the pictures.... and yes.... the cake is a little lopsided and not iced perfectly but it was crazy late and "Biggie Smalls" was having a rough night so I didn't have time to purty' it up like I wanted to.
Check out Whisk Kid's blog for the recipes and also see her insanely gorgeous rainbow cake that is the next task on my list.