Dec 28, 2013

best chocolate birthday cake


christmas is officially over, when you spy 'fasnachtschüechli' - a type of carnival pastry; basically deep fried crispy dough cakes with lots of confectioners' sugar - at the shops. is it just me, or is time just going too fast? with no possibility to adapt, in due time? 

this was the cake i made for my birthday (though i refuse to call it that, i prefer 'nearly christmas') dinner party. i'm not the biggest fan of chocolate cake. but i sure like the looks of it. it has something so instant celebratory. so i wanted to make something inspired by the chocolate bundt cakes they sell at sprüngli (the world's best confiserie).

best chocolate birthday cake

ingredients:
300 g butter, at room temperature
150 g sugar
6 egg yolks
225 g dark chocolate (good quality, i used maracaibo grand cru), roughly chopped or broken
5 tbsp. heavy cream
150 g milk chocolate, finely chopped
6 egg whites
1 pinch salt
3 tbsp. sugar
150 g flour
1.5 tbsp. corn starch
2 tsp. baking powder

for the ganache glaze:
150 g dark chocolate*
150 ml heavy cream

directions:
preheat the oven to 160c (320f) and butter and flour a bundt or cake pan. cream the butter with a mixer, then add the sugar and yolks. continue to mix until the mixture is fluffy and white. break the chocolate into pieces and melt together with the cream on very low heat. let cool a bit, then add to the butter-yolk-sugar mix; combine. fold in the milk chocolate. whip the egg whites with the salt and the 3 tbsp. sugar until stiff peaks form. combine the flour, corn starch and baking powder and sieve into the chocolate mixture. then carefully fold in the egg white. fill into the prepared cake pan. bake for 45 to 55 minutes. insert a wood stick, and when it comes out clean the cake is ready. remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes, before you remove it from the pan. 

for the ganache glaze, melt the chocolate and the cream on very low temperature. let sit for a while to cool and thicken a bit. pour the ganache over the cake. don't distribute it with a spatula; just shake the cake a bit so that the ganache spreads over the cake nicely. decorate with sprinkles. 

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    1. thank you for leaving such sweet notes...!
      many blessings & lots of love
      xx

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  2. Since I'm in Zürich, I buy myself that little Sprüngli cake for birthday every year- it's my very self-indulgent tradition. Love to see I'm not the only fan of that cute little piece of choclate happiness.

    Happy {belated} birthday to you, K.

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    1. best story anyone ever told me on the blog. because: i do that, too! it's such a good cake, so many good memories involved.

      when is your birthday? not the same date as me, right? nothing would surprise me, though. haha.

      love to you
      scarlett

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thank you for reading fork and flower. always remember to eat dessert first. because life is short. we gotta embrace each day. xo scarlett