Saturday, February 13, 2016

Mexican chocolate cake with whipped ganache and candied serrano peppers

vegan mexican chocolate cake with whipped ganache and candied serrano peppers

Here’s one way to say I love you: bake this cake.

Or buy it. If you’re one of the people going to the “chocolate auction” at my mother’s church tomorrow, feel free to skip the kitchen and purchase this very cake for yourself. I hate you.*

I’ve wanted to make this cake ever since I saw a similar version posted on Baking A Moment: a luscious, four-layer chocolate cake frosted with richly flavored chocolate ganache and topped with—get this—candied serrano peppers. Yeah, it was the peppers that sold me. I hadn’t seen such a weirdly delicious-sounding idea in a while, so obviously I had to try it.

Which I did. Finally.

“Mexican chocolate” is a flavor that you often see tossed around in reference to baked goods with chocolate plus cayenne and maybe plus coffee and cinnamon as well. But this cake doesn’t take the label lightly. You’ve got cinnamon, espresso, and cayenne in the cake itself (something I added at the last minute), plus the cinnamon, nutmeg, Kahlua, cayenne, and vanilla in the frosting, a marvelous quintet of flavors that makes for a totally addictive ganache. Not that I would know. *coughs*

Yeah, I totally didn't eat like half of the ganache before it got anywhere near the cake.

And then, of course, there is the candied serrano. Serrano peppers, it turns out, originated from the mountains of Mexico—which is perfectly fitting for the Mexican-inspired theme of this cake. The candied pepper slices were pretty good, too. They were kinda...spicy. And sweet.

*cue NO SHIT SHERLOCK look*

My only regret is that I didn’t get to try a piece of this cake. But I can assure you it is quite good, because I, for one, know exactly what the spiced cake tastes like (cake scraps are a blessing, I tell you), and I also enjoyed my fair share of the ganache with a few serrano slices on the side. And I’m sure you can picture what the interior looks like. Three layers of chocolate cake sandwiched with some seriously fluffy chocolate ganache. Simple stuff.

Anyway, here’s the recipe.

__________

Mexican chocolate cake with whipped ganache and candied serrano peppers

Adapted from Baking A Moment and this cake

Ingredients

Chocolate cake

28 grams • cocoa powder • 1/3 cup

2 grams • espresso powder • 1 teaspoon

112 grams • semisweet chocolate, finely chopped • 4 ounces

244 grams • boiling water • 1 cup

8 grams • vanilla extract • 2 teaspoons

244 grams • nondairy milk • 1 cup

6 grams • apple cider vinegar • 1 ½ teaspoons

24 grams • flaxseed meal • 3 tablespoons

150 grams • water • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons

112 grams • coconut oil, softened • ½ cup

110 grams • vegetable oil • ½ cup

230 grams • dark brown sugar • 1 cup

200 grams • granulated sugar • 1 cup

308 grams • cake flour • 2 ¼ cup

4 grams • baking soda • 1 teaspoon

3 grams • salt • ½ teaspoon

1 gram • ground cayenne • ½ teaspoon

1 gram • cinnamon • ½ teaspoon

Whipped ganache

340 grams • semisweet chocolate chips • 12 ounces

30 grams • coffee liqueur (like Kahlua) • 2 tablespoons

8 grams • cinnamon • 1 tablespoon

4 grams • vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon

1 gram • nutmeg • ½ teaspoon

1 gram • ground cayenne • ½ teaspoon

360 grams • coconut cream (the fatty part of full-fat coconut milk that rises to the top after chilling) • 
1 ½ cups

Candied serrano peppers

200 grams • granulated sugar • 1 cup

245 grams • water • 1 cup

2 serrano peppers, sliced and seeded

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 6-inch round baking pans and line the bottoms with parchment.

In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, espresso powder, and chocolate. Pour boiling water in and stir until chocolate is melted and the mixture is homogenous. Stir in vanilla extract. Once mixture is cooled, add milk and vinegar.

Whisk together flaxseed and water in a measuring cup. Let stand until thickened.

Place coconut oil and vegetable oil in the bowl of an electric stand mixer; beat until light and fluffy. Add dark brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat until creamy. Add flaxseed mixture and beat to combine.

Combine cake flour, baking soda, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon. Add to stand mixer in three additions, alternating with the chocolate mixture. Beat only for a few seconds after each addition, mixing just until combined.

Divide between baking pans and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 35 to 38  minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the whipped ganache, start by placing the chocolate chips, liqueur, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and cayenne in a large bowl. Heat the coconut cream in a small saucepan on the stove until it is steaming and bubbles are forming around the edges. Pour the cream over the chocolate and spices and allow to sit for a few minutes. Whisk until smooth.

Allow to chill and firm up to the consistency of pudding, about 2 hours. Once chilled, place in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and whip on high speed until slightly paler in color and fluffy. Keep at room temperature until ready to frost.

To make the candied serrano peppers, place the water, sugar, and sliced peppers in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let peppers cool completely in syrup. Drain candied peppers once ready to use, perhaps reserving the syrup for another use (though even I don’t know what that might be).

To finish your cake, simply frost the three layers with whipped ganache. Decorate with dollops of ganache and your candied peppers to finish.

________ 

So beautiful. I might cry.

* Well, I don’t actually hate this person who will theoretically buy my cake, but I do deeply resent them for taking my precious baked good away from me. So there’s that.

For more amazing Valentine’s Day-worthy cake recipes, click these links. You know you want to.

Better than sex cake from scratch. Heh heh heh. I really am seven years old.


Tropical beach birthday cake. Something sunny in the middle of winter.

Gluten-free chocolate layer cake. You could easily make a gluten-free version of this cake using the quinoa cake base in that post.

61 comments:

  1. Sensational cake and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of the candied serrano peppers!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! The candied peppers are so strange but so good :)

      Delete
  2. Vavavoom!
    what a cake, and the ganache looks fantasmic! :D The chillies intrigued me too, this whole combination sounds amaziiiiinng! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jules! The ganache is my favorite part TBH :P

      Delete
  3. Wow, what a gorgeous looking cake!! Sweet and spicy, I love it. Also, I totally agree. One of my favorite things about making a cake is having all the cake scraps/extra icing :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Cathleen! Extra frosting is the best :)

      Delete
  4. What a delicious looking cake! I love the little spice mixed with the chocolate!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I remember seeing Allie's cake and having the exact same thought. I love what you did with the idea!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Really impressive post. I read it whole and going to share it with my social circules. pls visit .
    Packers And Movers Mumbai

    ReplyDelete

  7. We as well as our Aerocity call girls hold an intention to provide our clients the genuine taste of sensual service but with a class. We make the best effort to include everything premiere in our services.We feel delighted to have you onboard as our prestigious clients who are going to experience the extreme moments of lovemaking with our escorts.
    Hauz Khas Escorts Service #
    Aerocity Escorts #
    Russian Escorts Delhi #
    Russian Escorts Noida #
    Russian Escorts Ghaziabad #
    Chanakyapuri Escorts Service #
    Connaught Place Escorts Service #
    Cr Park Escorts Service #
    Defence Colony Escorts Service #

    ReplyDelete
  8. We have set a standard of excellence for the Mumbai Call Girls business in India, and we have made significant contributions to make these adult entertainment services universal, and accessible to men from all walks of life.

    $$ Female Escorts In Mumbai
    $$ Female Escorts In Mumbai
    $$ Female Escorts In Mumbai
    $$ Female Escorts In Mumbai
    $$ Female Escorts In Mumbai
    $$ Female Escorts In Mumbai
    $$ Female Escorts In Mumbai
    $$ Female Escorts In Mumbai
    $$ Female Escorts In Mumbai

    ReplyDelete
  9. Delhi Escorts are truly gorgeous in their appearance and have some of the stunning characteristics inside them to enthrall their customers. Whatever you would want from our darlings, they are each time being ready to flaunt their ideas.

    $$ connaught place call girls
    $$ nehru place call girls
    $$ mahipalpur call girls
    $$ malviya nagar call girls
    $$ kalkaji call girls
    $$ mayur vihar call girls
    $$ paharganj call girls
    $$ okhla call girls
    $$ mukherjee nagar call girls

    ReplyDelete
  10. your sexual needs. In case you are single and looking for an effective way to fulfil your sexual needs then availing the service of Ghaziabad Escorts is to be the best option for you. You are guaranteed to get such .
    ghaziabad escorts ###
    greater noida escorts ###
    independent call girls indirapuram ###
    independent call girls vaishali ###
    independent call girls crossings republik ###
    noida escorts ###
    ghaziabad escorts ###
    ghaziabad escorts ###

    ReplyDelete
  11. College Call Girls In Thane a threesome is sometimes considered the holy grail of sexual encounters. A lot of men want to experience one at some point in their lives, but it can be difficult to transition into one naturally.

    $$ College Call Girls
    $$ College Call Girls
    $$ College Call Girls
    $$ College Call Girls
    $$ College Call Girls
    $$ College Call Girls
    $$ College Call Girls
    $$ College Call Girls
    $$ College Call Girls
    $$ College Call Girls

    ReplyDelete
  12. We basically deal with the high profile Noida Escorts who can fulfill all the requirements of the clients. So, all our past clients never see any other escorts agency because we know better our clients and their requirements.
    Escorts In Shakti Khand ##
    Escorts In Wave City ##
    Escorts In Tronica City ##
    Escorts In Dasna ##
    Escorts In Jaipuria Enclave ##
    Escorts In Pratap Vihar ##
    Escorts In Krishna Vihar ##
    Escorts In Shalimar Garden ##
    Escorts In Ramprastha ##

    ReplyDelete
  13. If you are thinking to give it a shot with professional Dwarka Call Girls Service then you should be going for over other call girls in the industry. You are supposed to get so many amazing features and qualities.

    $$ Female Escorts In Defence colony
    $$ Female Escorts In South ex
    $$ Female Escorts In Safdarjung enclave
    $$ Female Escorts In Greenpark
    $$ Female Escorts In Mahipalpur
    $$ Female Escorts In Chatarpur
    $$ Female Escorts In Chanakyapuri
    $$ Female Escorts In Dwarka
    $$ Female Escorts In Rohini

    ReplyDelete
  14. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Those Russian Escort In Delhi can be reached directly via their website. You can hire those ladies for adult enjoyments as well for other purposes. You can hire those dashing ladies to enjoy your weekend at any nearby place where you can enjoy for a long time.

    $$ Housewife Escorts In Mehrauli
    $$ Housewife Escorts In Munirka
    $$ Housewife Escorts In Nehru Place
    $$ Housewife Escorts In Paharganj
    $$ Housewife Escorts In Pitampura
    $$ Housewife Escorts In Rohini
    $$ Housewife Escorts In Saket
    $$ Housewife Escorts In South Ex
    $$ Housewife Escorts In Uttam Nagar

    ReplyDelete
  16. I am Noor Escorts an Noida escorts & College Call Girl in Noida available 24 hours for erotic escort services in Noida Call Girls.so you can fulfill your dreams with Cheap Call Girls In Noida Escorts.
    Escorts Near Hotel Taj Palace Hotel Delhi
    Escorts Near Hotel The Ashok New Delhi
    Escorts Near Hotel The Claridges New Delhi
    Escorts Near Hotel The Grand Vasant Kunj
    Escorts Near Hotel The Imperial New Delhi
    Escorts Near Hotel The Lalit New Delhi

    ReplyDelete
  17. Those Russian Escort In Delhi can be reached directly via their website. You can hire those ladies for adult enjoyments as well for other purposes. You can hire those dashing ladies to enjoy your weekend at any nearby place where you can enjoy for a long time.

    $$ Escorts Near Hotel Savoy Suites Noida
    $$ Escorts Near Hotel The Roseate New Delhi
    $$ Escorts Near Hotel Vivanta By Taj Ambassador Delhi
    $$ Escorts Near Hotel Vivanta By Taj Dwarka
    $$ Escorts Near Hotel WelcomHotel Dwarka ITC Hotel Group
    $$ Escorts Near Hotel Radisson Blu MBD Noida
    $$ Escorts Near Hotel Savoy Suites Noida

    ReplyDelete
  18. Mumbai Escorts is the best partners for all types of travelers. With various nightlife activities and several options to fulfill their needs, they make great choices for night parties and social events. 
    Russian Goregaon Escorts ###
    Call Girls Malad ###
    Panvel Call Girls ###
    Call Girls in Dadar ###
    Premium Call Gils Mumbai ###
    Juhu Escorts ###
    Andheri Escorts ###
    South Indian Call girls in Juhu ###

    ReplyDelete