Truly a stunning trio of flavors come together in Rose's Chocolate Cuddle Cake. The amazing thing is each could stand on their own; the cake would be fine left plain with a dusting of powdered sugar, the ganache rivals any chocolate truffle and the caramel whipped cream is to die for. Isn't there something called a Fool in the British dessert repertoire? This caramel whipped cream would be the ultimate Fool with fruit gently folded in.
A fairly easy cake, however I remembered the rose nail but forgot the cake strips. No matter, the entire thing flipped out of my hand as I was putting it in the oven and landed on the kitchen floor. I've never had such a peculiar thing like that happen before.
Remembered the cake strips for the second try but forgot the rose nail.
I seriously expected a massive sunken crater in the middle but there wasn't one, only a minor crack.
Part one finished, I took Faithy's advice and made the ganache in the microwave. Easy Peasy. Came upon a great Lindt chocolate sale and stocked up. I used an 85% mixed with milk chocolate for the ganache. Not quite sure what that equals in chocolate math.
With these two components finished, it was time to call it a night and try the caramel in the morning lest I burn down the kitchen.
Making caramel takes patience. Lots and lots of patience.
Once cooled and added to the whipped cream, oooo lala, perfection!
I felt better after reading Evil Cake Lady didn't use gelatin since I'm out of agar agar. It set up fine.
Total curiosity to see how it measured up. Anything not flattened on the floor was good in my book. Since the cake was wrapped and spent the night in a chilly garage, it read 12 C. The ganache warmed up in the microwave to 24C and went on easily with the back of a large spoon. I figured when the warmer ganache hit the cooler cake it would set and it did. I made a rim around the top for the "cuddling" of the caramel whipped cream and grated the rest of the milk chocolate over the top.
Loads of compliments with this cake!
Wonder why this is called a Fool? It's really good!