January 09, 2011
Name of Cake: white cake, chocolate frosting
Constituents: one 9 inch layer white velvet cake, filled and frosted with milk chocolate ganache
The white velvet cake in The Cake Bible is my go-to white cake for all occasions. This is Cookie's birthday cake, and Joelf's engraduation cake. I'm not sure if or how the recipe changed as it moved into Roses's Heavenly Cakes, but here it is.
Most of us have noticed Rose's method for mixing a butter cake, be it in a tube pan, a cake round, or cupcakes, is basically the same:
All dry ingredients (anything powdery) go into the mixing bowl.
Eggs, plus any extracts (such as vanilla) and most of any other liquids (like milk, water, cocoa paste, or sour cream) go into another bowl and lightly blended.
Butter and a little bit of liquid are set aside.
Dry ingredients are whirred on low for 30 sec to mix and aerate.
All the butter and the reserved liquid are added and beat on medium speed for 1 minute, 30 seconds.
The egg mixture is added in two parts, beating for 20 seconds between.
Scrape into whatever pan you are baking in, and bake!
See? I did that from memory. Easy.
In this case, only egg whites are used, which creates the velvety white cake so many people love. I used to dislike white cakes as I found them flavorless, but not so with Rose's recipe. This one tastes like vanilla and has the flowery perfume of milk.
The ganache is made from milk chocolate, and I love milk chocolate. So creamy! I like to let a square of milk chocolate melt on my tongue; it melts so nicely and is so delicious! Dark chocolate, although better for you and more aligned with foodies everywhere, just doesn't satisfy me. I guess I will always be lower class ;)
As per my love of milk chocolate, I decided to only use a few grams of dark chocolate to balance out the flavor. Which was fine by me.
I was happy not to need the food processor for this ganache, as I hate my food processor. Hot milk is stirred into melted chocolate, and butter and vanilla are gently whisked in by the tablespoon. And there you have it.
Filling and frosting the cake was fun, and simple to do. The ganache was nice and fluid, and I opted for my regular swirl as decoration.
Somehow, ganache always hardens to candy bar consistency with me. It never stays soft, so the only disappointing part of this cake was the hard frosting. The combination of milk chocolate and white cake was amazing--it reminded me of the elusive May West cakes my Uncle used to ship us from Canada--all delicate and vanilla and milk chocolaty goodness.
Cookie, although this is her favorite cake component, wasn't too excited by the completed cake because of the ganache. Truthfully, even if the ganache were soft and velvety she wouldn't like it because it wouldn't be her favorite white sugar bomb frosting.
|the hard ganache can be lifted off and eaten separately|
However, thanks to this recipe, I see May West experiments in my future.