Samstag, 15. Februar 2014

Valentine's day moccacino chocolate cake

Today I baked a chocolate cake. I don't do this Valentine thing that often, it was just on a whim, but husband has a sweet tooth and therefor it is always good to give him a little surprise. It is a small 20 cm cake filled with love: Means triple-layered viennoise chocolate sponge, filled with peach jam and coffee-wiskey-chocolate-cream. Covered with chocolate, decorated with physalis fruits dipped into chocolate.
Don't asked for calory counts. This cake is not ment to be lean and healthy at all, but once in a while it is good to take a risk. The cake is not that incredible sweet as it may look. Maybe US-american / english bakers would add more sugar to the cake batter and cream but this is Germany.

cake decorated with physalis
For sponge cake
  • 5 egg yolks (large eggs)
  • 5 egg whites, beaten until stiff peaks formed - beaten with a small pinch of salt added
  • 100 g butter, soft
  • 125 g flour
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 100 g dark chocolate, melted
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 1 pinch baking powder

For cream filling

200 ml cream (for whipping)
1 tablespoon roasted coffee beans
100 g dark chocolate (cuverture, chopped)
1 tablespoon corn starch (not heaped)
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
1/4 cup wiskey
100 g butter, diced, soft


  • 150 g peach jam - good quality  - the jam will add sweetness
  • 200 g dark cuverture, chopped
  • physalis fruits

How to:
Beat soft butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add egg yolks and melted chocolate (lukewarm), beat some more time until the cream is super glossy. Add the stiff egg whites and fold in. Sift flour and baking soda/powder over the top and gently fold in (don't stir). Fill batter into a small buttered and floured springform.
Bake 50 minutes at 175  degrees Celsius. Make a tooth pick probe before letting the cake rest (flipped over) in the springform until cooled down a little. Unmould and let rest until completely cooled down.
Cake can be made a day before.

Simmer whipping cream with coffee beans and vanilla sugar for 5 minutes on very low temperature. Sieve to get rid of the coffee beans. Add chopped chocolate to the cream and simmer on very low heat until the chocolate is melted. Stir starch and wiskey, add to the cream and heat up - still stirring, to the boiling point. Let cool down covered by cling film.
When cooled down, beat the cream with a balloon whisk until fluffy, add the soft butter in small amounts while the machine is still running. Let it whisk well until the butter is incorporated. Place bowl in the fridge to cool down. This will take some hours. Afterwards whisk the cream again until light and fluffy. This cream tastes very adult: bitter sweet moccacino with just enough alcohol...
Cream can be made a day before.

cake cut open - layers show cream on top of jam

Cut the cake into 3 equal layers. 
Cover two layers with peach jam. Cover those with the freshly whisked cream. Keep 1/3 of the cream for the crumb crust. Stack the layers, place the third layer on top. Cover the sides and the top with cream. Place cake into the fridge to give it some firmness. (I placed the cake outside, we had 5 degree Celsius)
After 1 hour cover the cake with melted cuverture (don't try to work too much on the surface or the cream will mix with the chocolate), but first dip some physalis into the chocolate and set them aside.


Hiroyuki hat gesagt…

Great cake and great recipe! You would definitely deserve a triple payback san-bai gaeshi 三倍返し on White Day!

Is simmering cream with coffee beans a common practice? I wonder what happens to the cream when you do it, and what do you do with the used coffee beans?

Fräulein Trude hat gesagt…

Common practice - I guess so if you don't want to add a cup of espresso and get a "watery" cream. Another way is to roast some beans in a pan and add the hot beans to the cold cream. Let cream infuse for 12 hours in the fridge. I simmered the cream because this is the quickest way to extract the coffee flavor and because I prepared butter cream (sort of). I tossed the beans away.

Sissi hat gesagt…

I would have to change a clothes size up if I had half of it for myself (and knowing myself I'd not be able to resist such a delicious cake).
Luckily we don't celebrate Valentine's Day (especially in a sweet chocolatey way) because the day before we had a cheese fondue... it would have been a tragical week for my waist ;-)

Fräulein Trude hat gesagt…

Sissi: I ate one tiny little slice. 3 male guys finished it, our son (who is visiting us), his childhood friend (who stayed over the weekend) and my husband. Husband did not want to share first but had to give up...

Nippon Nin hat gesagt…

Wow! Amazing looking cake!