Friday, June 25, 2010

TWD: Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake (cont.)

Life is crazy sometimes. Okay, a lot of times. These past weeks were no exception.

When I can, I try my best to kick out baked goodies with my TWD baking group. And while every week is not always a good week to fit that one more thing in, this week, I managed to participate with the bakers and do my thing. 

This recipe was very simple. Very easy. It was basically in three stages: prepare cake, fill cake, and dress cake. Of course, I thought my cake needed some accessories. Therefore, the chocolate chips.

You see her flaunting her stuff?

But as we all know, beauty comes from within. 

I had to substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream called for in this recipe. I was all out of sour cream, but I was pretty confident that this recipe could handle the rich yogurt. And it did!

The filling was slightly detectable among the strong chocolate cake and tangy frosting flavors. I used strawberry preserves instead of the recommended raspberry. 
Hey, if a real strawberry is good enough for chocolate, why not its preserves on a cake?

Since I can not stand a bare looking cake, and this cake after all is supposed to be dressy, I adorned her with kisses. Black and white for effect. 

Things I would do differently next time I make this cake:
  • Make triple the filling (I doubled it and it still does not seem like enough)
  • Make double the frosting (I just barely had enough)
  • Fill with ganache instead of preserves like some other TWD'ers did. 
  • Sprinkle with chocolate shavings or chocolate covered strawberries.
Even though I LOVE chocolate, this was not my favorite TWD recipe. I would probably make it again as a welcoming gift or potluck dessert, but not for my sweet tooth. This just did not do it for me.
But for a crazy week that got even crazier, it was nice to have such an easy recipe to throw together that looked elegant without all the effort! 
Thanks to Amy of Amy Ruth Bakes. Go take a peek at her site. She did an amazing job dressing up her chocolate loaf cake! As did many of the other TWD'ers!

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Debbie said...

It is beautiful cake. Sorry it wasn't your all-time favorite.

Cheryl said...

May I have a big slice right now!

Leslie said...

A cake with so much chocolate is bound to be a hit! It looks wonderful...sorry it didn't taste as great as it looks!

Life with Kaishon said...

It looks pretty as can be! I always love to see what you are whipping up : )