Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Baking Bible: The Chocolate FloRo Elegance with Caramel Buttercream

This is neither a quick nor easy project but the results are spectacular. As I was slogging through it, I proclaimed "I will never make this again!" But now having eaten more than I should, I might make it again. I don't know. It was good.


In reality, the thing that takes the longest is the Caramel Buttercream, which in the recipe says to make 3 hours ahead of time but it took me 5 hours from start to finish. No frosting should take 5 hours to make! But then again, it is a very good frosting. It is light and silky in texture with a deep caramel flavor. It is neither too rich nor too sweet. I might make it again someday when I forget how long 5 hours can be. It was really very delicious.



The cake itself requires lots of little bowls of pre-prepped ingredients but once assembled, mixing is pretty quick.

I expected a dark, chocolatey cake since it has melted 99% chocolate and coffee and cocoa powder, but the resulting cake is light in color. Similar to a german chocolate cake, which incidentally, Rose uses a dark chocolate cake for. The cake is very velvety, tender and light with a satisfying chocolate flavor. This is a cake to make again and again!

completed batter
 My mother-in-law was visiting while I made this cake, and she was surprised how long the whole project took. Especially that dang buttercream! However when she tasted the finished cake, she appreciated how good a day-long cake project can be.



       

4 comments:

  1. "As I was slogging through it, I proclaimed "I will never make this again!" But now having eaten more than I should, I might make it again. I don't know. It was good." Omg this makes me howl! My exact sentiments, with maybe a few swear words thrown in. Good thing your mother in law was there otherwise how would it be possible to make a five hour frosting with a toddler helping? It does taste like the German Chocolate Cake my mom used to make for my brother's birthday every single year-off the back of the Baker's Chocolate bar. Your cake looks perfect. You got the frosting on just right.

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  2. I'm impressed you made the buttercream, all five hours of it. It does look spectacular with the frosting - should get you some daughter-in-law brownie points.

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  3. yes, I loved the frosting but the caramel made me want to scream.

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