The cake would be the speckled chocolate cake from the recipe "Old-Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake." The filling would be the mousse from the "Death by Chocolate" cake itself, as would the ganache topping. A crumbcoat of white chocolate buttercream would act as a crumb coat between the cake and the ganache. And then we would attempt to make it pretty.
Step one: Cake
2 sticks butter, plus 2 tablespoons melted
8 egg yolks
6 egg whites
1 1/2 c. sifted cake flour (we did not sift, which may have made our cake less fluffy than it should have been)
1 1/4 c. sugar
8 oz semisweet chocolate, finely grated (we stuck ours in a blender, which works fine, but it helps to chill the chocolate before grating)
Coat two 9in round cake pans with the melted butter. Line each pan with parchment paper (not wax paper!) and coat the paper with more melted butter. Set aside, and preheat your oven to 325.
Melt the butter in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring continuously so the butter melts, but doesn't separate. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Whisk egg yolks and 3/4 c sugar on high until slightly thickened and lemon colored. Adjust speed to low, and continue to mix while whisking egg whites.
Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the remaining 1/3 c sugar and continue to whisk until stiff but not dry.
Gradually add the flour to the egg yolks while mixing on low. Add the melted butter and mix until combined, about 10 seconds. Whisk on medium another 5 seconds. Add a third of the egg whites and stir to incorporate, then fold in the remaining egg whites. Fold in the grated chocolate. Divide the batter between the prepared pans, and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Note: It will not come out clean, because of the chocolate bits, so just look for it to be clean of cake batter. Remove cakes from oven and cool in pans for 20 minutes. Invert the cakes onto cake circles and cool to room temperature. Remove parchment paper and refridgerate until needed.
Yum. Let cool until almost room temperature (it needs to be cool enough that it doesn't melt the buttercream). Pour the ganache over the cake.
And finally, make it look pretty.
Hmm...maybe Regina should let Kami do this part next time.
Well the cake survived being cut...even if the slice didn't. Note: It held up much better after being refridgerated overnight.
Verdict: Kami thought it was delicious, Regina thought it was pretty good, but maybe a touch too much. But Regina's the picky one anyway. The recipients at the Renaissance Faire rehearsal thought it was quite nummy. So overall, it must be rated a success. Assuming we never discuss the whole egg white thing ever again.