Happy Birthday to me!
Rose's Alpha Bakers are baking the delicious Chocolate Pavarotti cake with Wicked Good Ganache, which is her tribute to the great tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. I went in search of Pavarotti singing Happy Birthday to hear what a tenor who can reach the E above high C sounds like. No clue what E or high C is but if Rose is impressed, it must be spectacular
I found many people singing Happy Birthday to Pavarotti but not he himself singing the jingle. I did find a nice surprise; Pavarotti singing one of my all time favorite songs, Volare .. I was just a little kid when Dean Martin came on the radio with this catchy tune and instantly loved it. Volare means "to fly" in Italian. I think that is what all great tenors do, they open the soul to depths that daily life makes us forget.
Pavarotti would have loved this cake.
A fairly simple chocolate cake covered in ganache with chili for something extra, it did not disappoint. Out of complete curiosity I tried Lindt dark chocolate with chili for the two part ganache. First corn syrup is brought to the boil, then mixed with unsweetened chocolate. After pulverizing the chili chocolate, simmered cream was added and then the corn syrup/chocolate mixture plus a smidgeon of cayenne pepper. Not quite certain why it is then strained through a fine wire mesh except to give me something else to
lick wash. Left to cool, it turns into a smooth ganache with just a hint of heat to accentuate the chocolate.
Forget the baking soda, that's not in the recipe.
The cake batter was easy peasy to put together. The divine Lindt white coconut chocolate sat patiently in the cupboard so that's what I used. Melted, cooled and stirred into the ingredients a fluffy batter soon appeared.
The only thing which caused me confusion were the directions on a new Fat Daddio 9x2 inch pan to lower the temperature and shorten the baking time. Lots of testing with a toothpick and it finally came out of the oven nice and high. Once again the most difficult thing about a Baking Bible recipe was waiting for it to cool.
And Voila! One wicked birthday cake.
Rose's Raspberry sauce unstrained by request