Monday, May 5, 2014

Triple Chocolate Cake : Bake-Along #60 - Chocolate Cake for Bake-Along 3rd Anniversary

Bake-Along is three years old! The month of May marks the 3rd Anniversary of Bake-Along. Lena, Zoe and myself, are entering into our fourth year of baking together! WOW! When I've started my blog, I've never thought that I would bake together with two awesome ladies for three years and we are still going strong! Thanks to Lena and Zoe for being such wonderful baking partners, THE BEST! To all our blogger friends who has baked along with us, thank you for your support these past three years. Here's to another year of wonderful baking together! Cheers!

Our special theme for Bake-Along 3rd Anniversary is Chocolate Cake. Yum! Yum! There are lots of chocolate cakes that just calls out for a celebration, and since I am not one who is into cake decorating, I've made a simple chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling and chocolate frosting. 

 Happy 3rd Anniversary, Bake-Along !!!

I've made some little changes to the recipe. I have replaced the buttermilk with milk, and have reduced the sugar to 180gm (original is 1-1/2 cups, about 300gm). The batter is baked in two 9" round cake pans, and when the cake is cooled, each cake is cut into two layers to make a total of 4 layers. However, since the cake is not really that high, I have omit this step, as I am not confident that I would cut an even layer. I spread the Chocolate Ganache on one cake and top with the second cake. And frost the cake with the Chocolate Frosting, and finish off with a sprinkling of cocoa powder over the top.

For the Chocolate Ganache, I've made only half a recipe since I only have one layer to fill. And for the Chocolate Frosting, I have used only 3 cups of icing sugar and about 1/3 cup of milk.

Cake is really moist, tender and soft. Not too sweet, just right, since I've reduced the sugar. Yummy cake! The chocolate ganache is so chocolaty good.
A slice to everyone! Cheers!

Triple Chocolate Cake
(adapted from "Chocolate" Favourite Brand Name)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda (1 tsp baking soda + 1 tsp baking powder)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups sugar (only 180gm)
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk (replace with milk)
3/4 cup sour cream
Chocolate ganache filling (recipe follows)
Easy Chocolate Frosting (recipe follows)

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until blended. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk and sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat well after each addition. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.
  2. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Cut each cake layer in half horizontally.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare filling and frosting. Place one cake layer on serving plate; spread with one third of filling. Repeat layers two more times. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread frosting over cake.
Chocolate Ganache Filling :
Bring 3/4 cup whipping cream, 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon sugar to a boil; stir until sugar is dissolved. Place 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips in medium bowl; pour cream mixture over chocolate and let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth; let stand 15 minutes or until filling reaches desired consistency. (Filling will thicken as it cools). Makes about 1-1/2 cups.

Easy Chocolate Frosting :
Beat 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add 4 cups (I use 3 cups) powdered sugar and 3/4 cup cocoa in batches alternately with 1/2 cup  (I use about 1/3 cup) milk; beat until smooth. Stir in 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Makes about 3 cups.


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  1. Happy Birthday, Baking Along!
    The cake looks so moist and chocolatey...perfect for the celebration!

  2. congratulations!! this cake looks so delicious,
    thanks for sharing ~ like

  3. Hi-five Joyce! Your molten-looking dripping chocolate filling in your last picture makes my eyes spin a lot too!!!

    Happy 3rd Birthday, bake-along! I can't imagine baking and blogging without Lena and you :D Without you, I might buy lesser cookbooks :p Hope that I won't sound mushy saying this... Without you and Lena, I wouldn't have so much fun baking and blogging :D


  4. Happy 3rd anniversary! I think i might be able to contribute one chocolate cake recipe for this event this time. I am gonna bake a chocolate cake for mother's day!

  5. Hi Joyce, your cake looks really moist and yummy indeed, I am late for this event, have not baked any chocolate cake yet! Hope I can catch up soon! Happy 3rd for Bake Along, hope many more years to come!

  6. Joyce, that chocolate oozing out between the cake really got me excited hah...hah...I feel like baking a chocolate cake this weekend :)

  7. Happy 3rd Anniversary! the chicolatety cake looks so yummy!

  8. Happy 3rd Bake Along Anniversary..!
    This cake looks very chocolatey indeed, the oozing ganache... looks fabs:)

  9. Happy Birthday Bake Along! Your chocolate looks so moist and delicious!
    I'd like to share my Nutella cake with Bake Along :)

  10. chocolate is my middle name! gosh time flies... I remember posting my first cupcake to celebrate your second anniversary... and now third and going strong! well done! happy anniversary

  11. Happy 3rd Anniversary!
    Love this moist and delicious cake, yummy!

  12. Happy 3rd anniversary! Delicious looking cake, Joyce. I love the photos of the slice with the oozing ganache filling!
    I've wanted to make Flo Braker's Lemon coffee cake for a long time now but haven't gotten around to it. Your bake along this month gives me an excuse to make it so I may be joining in!.

  13. happy anniversary! thank you so much for having me as part of the group...and joyce, i always think of you as the mother of bake along! haha! cheers to bake along and cheers to our chocolate cakes!

  14. Happy bake along JOyce! I love this chocolate cake!

  15. Ooo look at that oozy chocolate ganache! I will link mine soon :)

  16. Joyce, happy blogoversary! I must really make it for this meaningful event heeheehee.... chocolate cake is always my love, wish I can have a big big slice now!

  17. A beautiful chocolate cake is a great way to celebrate three years of your Bake Along! It's beautiful! :)

  18. absolutely could not look more sinful and delicious. It is so moist from the pictures and holds up so well to the icing!

  19. Wow, this is awesome ... love how you decorate the sides:)

  20. Joyce, this is so so yummilicious!!! My eyes were literally glued to the oozingly delicious ganache from your cake. It's too tantalising not to look ;) Happy 3rd anniversary Bake-Along!!

  21. oh no Joyce, trying hard to rush but still late for the submission :( hope next time I can make it on time.

  22. Happy 3rd anniversary! YUMMY! Your cake looks so good with decadent chocolate . So sorry that I'm late for this event . Wanted so submit my chocolate celebration cake for Bake Along anniversary & I thought I have a couple more days