Chocolate Truffle Cake
|RICH CHOCOLATE CAKE (3 LAYERS)|
|1 c||cocoa, unsweetened|
|2 c||boiling water|
|1 c||butter or margarine, softened|
|2 1/2 c||sugar|
|4 lg||eggs, room temperature|
|1 1/2 tsp||pure vanilla extract|
|2 3/4 c||all purpose flour|
|2 tsp||baking soda|
|1/2 tsp||baking powder *not a typo, just 1/2 tsp.|
| CHOCOLATE GANACHE FILLING WITH|
|9 oz||semi-sweet chocolate chips|
|1 c||heavy cream|
|1/2 Tbsp||Grand Marnier|
|2 tsp||grated orange zest|
|SATINY CHOCOLATE FROSTING|
|6 oz||semisweet chocolate chips|
|1 c||(2 sticks) butter or margarine|
|2 1/2 c||powdered sugar|
|CAKE GARNISH #1|
|1||bag of Lindt truffles, milk chocolate and white chocolate|
|1 lg||jar of chocolate jimmies/chocolate sprinkles|
|CAKE GARNISH #2|
|1||bag M&M's of your choice|
|1||27-oz can of creme filled Pirouettes (Pepperidge Farm)|
Cool in pans 10 min. then flip out onto a large plate and put in freezer. Don't worry, I know what I am doing. This keeps the cakes from falling apart and won't leave crumbs in your icing.
Transfer hot chocolate to a relatively deep stainless steel bowl and immerse into a bowl of ice water, then whip with a hand mixer until it is thick and fluffy.
Once it is desired consistency, take out of ice bath or it will continue to harden; set aside.
Spoon about a 3/4 C of the ganache filling on your first cake layer and repeat until you reach your third layer. *DO NOT ice the top layer!*
Take your chocolate jimmies (chocolate sprinkles) and gently take your hand and press them up the sides only. Continue until you have gone all the way around. GENTLY remove the wax paper strips and discard.
Top each swirl with either a Lindt chocolate truffle and a Lindt white chocolate, alternating. If the bottom of your cake is messy where you pulled out the paper, you may use the same tip and pipe a border around the base of the cake.
Chill in refrigerator immediately. Before serving, let cake set out at room temperature 30 min so the chocolate will soften back up slightly. Enjoy!
***Finished Cake #2 in my photo #2 made in (3) 9-inch pans. Serves at least