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Gesine Bullock-Prado has done it again, this time with an eye towards those with allergies and on certain restrictive diets. Her first books, Sugar Baby, Bake It Like You Mean Itand Pie It Forwardwere filled with her signature, whimsical approach. Let Them Eat Cakeis her newest book and has the same fun voice, but with an unusual format. She takes basic recipes such as brownies and chocolate chip cookies, and fancier options like Chocolate Caramel Tart and Coffee Napoleons and presents them in all of their butter and sugar filled glory, but then she offers 3 variations of each recipe as well – one for vegan, one for gluten-free and the third offers a “healthier” variation. That’s right, every recipe is really four recipes in one.

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We are featuring The Chocoholic, a decadent chocolate mousse filled layer cake, perfect for birthdays and other celebratory events. In its original incarnation the cake layers combine cocoa and buttermilk with extra chocolate and brown sugar for a rich cake, The mousse filling uses 70% bittersweet chocolate and vanilla bean paste and is rich with cream and lightened with eggs. The cake is frosted with a classic ganache enriched with butter.

Also check out her version of Samoas – the Girl Scout cookie featuring coconut, caramel and chocolate – and our interview.

Excerpted with permission. Let Them Eat Cake: Classic, Decadent Desserts with Vegan, Gluten-Free & Healthy Variations: More Than 80 Recipes for Cookies, Pies, Cakes, Ice Cream, and More!by Gesine Bullock-Prado. Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2015. Photography by Tina Rupp.

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Chocolate cake layers, chocolate mousse filling, and a fluffy chocolate ganache coating make for the most decadent of cakes. No matter the version you choose, the chocoholic in you will be deeply satisfied.

The Chocoholic
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Makes: MAKES ONE 8-INCH (20-CM) LAYER CAKE
 
Ingredients
FOR THE CAKE:
  • 2 cups (280 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (40 g) dark Dutch-process cocoa powder (like Cacao Barry Extra Brute)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) hot brewed coffee
  • 4 ounces (115 g) bittersweet chocolate (like Lindt 70%), finely chopped
  • 1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk
  • 1 cup (220 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (240 ml) canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
FOR THE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE FILLING:
  • 2 cups (480 ml) cold heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons plus ¼ cup (50 g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 8 ounces (225 g) bittersweet chocolate (at least 70%), finely chopped
  • Pinch of salt
FOR THE GANACHE:
  • 1 pound (455 g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups (360 ml) heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. MAKE THE CAKE: Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Spray three 8-inch (20-cm) round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray and line the bottoms with a round of parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt for 30 seconds to evenly distribute the leavening.
  3. In a heat proof bowl, pour the hot coffee over the chopped chocolate and let sit undisturbed for 3 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt. Whisk to combine. Add the buttermilk and stir.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attach¬ment, beat both sugars and the oil together until well com¬bined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix.
  5. With the mixer running on low speed, add half of the flour mixture, then add half of the buttermilk mixture. Add the remaining flour mixture, then the remaining buttermilk mixture, and mix until smooth and well combined. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans and bake until the cake springs back when gently poked, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely.
  6. MAKE THE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE FILLING: Combine 1 cup (240 ml) of the cream, the egg yolks, the 2 tablespoons sugar, and the vanilla in a heatproof bowl and whisk to combine. Place the bowl over a saucepan of sim¬mering water (to make a double boiler) and whisk constantly until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Add the chocolate and continue whisking until the choco¬late melts into the mixture. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  7. In the clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the egg whites, the remaining ¼ cup (50 g) sugar, and the salt. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (to make a double boiler) and whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and the temperature of the mixture reaches 160°F (71°C) on a candy thermometer. Transfer the bowl to the stand mixer and whisk until the meringue forms stiff, very smooth white peaks (don’t whisk so much that they become dry and chunky).
  8. Using a large rubber spatula, carefully fold the egg whites into the room-temperature chocolate mixture until smooth.
  9. In the same bowl you whipped the egg whites, whip the remaining 1 cup (240 ml) cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture with the large rubber spatula. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrig¬erate until the mousse has set, about 1 hour.
  10. Using an offset spatula, spread half the mousse onto a chocolate cake layer. Place a second cake layer atop the mousse filling and spread the remaining mousse over the second cake layer. Place the final layer of cake on top of the mousse filling and cover the cake tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until the mousse has set, at least 2 hours.
  11. MAKE THE GANACHE: Put the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl.
  12. In a large saucepan, bring the cream and salt to a simmer, but do not boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate, making sure that the chocolate is completely covered. Let sit undis¬turbed for 3 minutes, then whisk the mixture until smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside until the ganache has cooled to room temperature but is still spread¬able, about 45 minutes.
  13. Place the ganache in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whisk until it lightens and becomes fluffy. Spread the ganache over the top and sides of the assembled cake.
 

Vegan, Gluten-Free and Healthier Variations:

Vegan

FOR THE CAKE: Increase the baking soda to 2 teaspoons. Increase the coffee to 2 cups (480 ml). Replace the buttermilk with 1 cup (240 ml) plain almond milk and 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, and add to the melted chocolate–coffee mixture. Omit the eggs.

FOR THE FILLING: Omit the filling ingredients entirely and do the following instead: In a heatproof metal bowl, combine 1 pound (455 g) finely chopped bittersweet chocolate, ¾ cup (180 ml) brewed coffee, and a pinch of salt. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (to make a double boiler) and stir until melted. Place the melted chocolate mixture over a large bowl filled with ice and whisk the mixture constantly until it thickens to the consistency of ketchup. (If the mixture starts to form granules and get gritty, you’ve whisked too much. Simply re-melt the mixture and start again.) Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour, then spread over the cake layers as in the main recipe.

FOR THE GANACHE: Replace the butter with organic refined virgin coconut oil and replace the cream with 1½ cups (360 ml) full-fat coconut milk.

Gluten Free

FOR THE CAKE: Replace the flour with 1¼ cups (200 g) finely milled brown rice flour, ½ cup (50 g) almond flour, ¼ cup (35 g) sweet white sorghum flour, and 2 teaspoons xanthan gum. Reduce the buttermilk to ½ cup (120 ml). Replace the oil with 1 cup (2 sticks/225 g) unsalted butter. Cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Increase the eggs to 4 and add them to the creamed sugar and butter mixture, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl after each addition.

Healthier

FOR THE CAKE: Replace the flour with ½ cup (70 g) Sprouted Super Flour (see page 14) and 1½ cups (150 g) whole-wheat pastry flour. Replace the sugars with 2 cups (350 g) organic granulated palm sugar. Replace the oil with ½ cup (120 g) pureed black beans (from a can of cooked organic black beans, purced in a blender or food processor) and ½ cup (120 ml) organic grapeseed oil or organic unrefined virgin coconut oil.

FOR THE FILLING: Omit the filling ingredients entirely and do the following instead: In a heatproof metal bowl, combine 1 pound (455 g) finely chopped bittersweet chocolate, ¾ cup (180 ml) brewed coffee, and a pinch of salt. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (to make a double boiler) and stir until melted. Place the melted chocolate mixture over a large bowl filled with ice and whisk the mixture constantly until it thickens to the consistency of ketchup. (If the mixture starts to form granules and get gritty, you’ve whisked too much. Simply re-melt the mixture and start again.) Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour, then spread over the cake layers as in the main recipe.

FOR THE GANACHE: Replace the butter with 2 tablespoons organic refined virgin coconut oil and replace the cream with 1½ cups (360 ml) full-fat coconut milk.

 

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One Response to The Chocoholic

  1. Jane February 6, 2019 at 9:38 am #

    I can not seem to find vanilla bean paste locally. What can I substitute? TY