I realized when I was a Heavenly Cake Baker that Rose and I have different ideas about chocolate cake. I am a huge fan of chocolate, but it was the non-chocolate cakes in Rose’s Heavenly Cakes that tended to be my favorites. There were only two cakes in that cookbook with chocolate that I would make again. One of them being the Chocolate Tweed Angelfood Cake which totally changed my mind about angelfood and necessitated buying a tube pan rather than just borrowing one for a friend for the blog post.
Before I get into this, let me expalin that I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee Friday morning. Even though it involves general anesthesia, the procedure is minimally invasive. The doctor told me that with a desk job, I could probably be back at work on Monday morning. Lucky me, the office is closed for a holiday today, so I get an extra day of taking it easy, keeping my leg elevated and surrounded with ice.
I was pretty excited that I felt up to baking this weekend, and grateful that this cake was an easy one. I checked the pantry, made a shopping list for Ed, who was kind enough to make the store run, so I could keep the time on my feet to a minimum. I pointed out that I was putting alkalized cocoa on the shopping list. I said not to buy natural cocoa if he couldn’t find alkalized becuase we already had some in the pantry. Wouldn’t you know it, the natural cocoa I had was the only one the store carried. This just wasn’t the week to run all over town in search of cocoa.
That’s my confession, friends. I baked with the wrong cocoa, so the recipe didn’t really get a fair shake. I know that the pH is different, it reacts differently with the chemical leavening. Whether the cocoa is responsible for the disappointment with this cake, I can’t say.
The texture was very fine, but we found the cake dry and unappealing. As for the ganache, since we like spicy food, I split the difference, using the middle of the range suggested for cayenne. I know that one jar of cayenne is not the same as another, but we found the prodominat flavor in the ganche to be the cayenne, the chocolate taste was secondary and too dark for me.
The good news is I’m not tempted to eat more than a taste, so it’s a good week for my waistline. 😉