Monday, September 21, 2009

German Chocolate Cake with Chocolate butter icing and Praline

My friends birthday was nearly a month ago and I had made this cake for him. I had already decided that this time I was going to try a cake mix and put all my work into the icing. But what icing and how not to make it similar to all my previous cakes. So I thought and searched , but could not find something convincing enough. not to mention the fact that my husband told me that it was better to get the cake from outside. That I think triggered me off.

And the result was is this yummy cake which all of them really enjoyed.

So here goes the recipes. The pictures don't do justice to the cake as I was more focused on getting everything right for the cake.
You will need:
For the Basic cake
Betty Crocker's German cake mix.

For the Filling
2-3 cups Ghiradelli semisweet chocolate chips.
1 cup Heavy whipping cream

The outer coating of Praline
1 cup sugar
1 cup mixed nuts (pecans,walnuts and cashews.)

For the icing
1 -1 1/2 cup Heavy whipping cream
Vanilla Essence
For the chocolate stars
1 cup ghiradelli chocolate chips
Other ingredients
Icing pen for writing.
Coffee liquor for soaking

You have to :

For the cake:
  1. Follow the directions on the package and bake the cake. This can be done a day before.
  2. Cut it into 2-3 layers.
  3. Make the coffee liquor by soaking any coffee in 1 cup of water and heating it till the coffee dissolves. cool it.
  4. Spoon the liquor over the layer of cakes. soaking each layer well. This gives a real good taste with the filling.
For the filling:
  1. Melt the chocolate either on a double broiler or in the microwave till the chips are melted.
  2. Add the cream to this and whip till peaks form. Refrigerate.
For the Praline:
  1. Break the nuts into small pieces.
  2. Heat the sugar in a dry saucepan till only melted. Be careful, once it melts and begins to caramelize it hardens up very fast.
  3. Add the chopped nuts and mix it all up. Pour it out on a parchment paper and let it cool.
The Praline getting cool.

For the stars and the chocolate plaque:
  1. Melt the chocolate. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
  2. Once the chocolate is completely melted pour it out onto the parchment and spread it in a layer. Let it cool.
  3. Once it begins to harden, cut out a big round for the plaque with a cookie cutter. The stars or any other shape can be cut using a cookie cutter. If you do not have a cookie cutter, simply cut out long stripes with a knife.
  4. Leave to cool completely.You can even put it in the refrigerator.
  5. Do not remove it from the sheet. Only give it its shape.

For the topping:

  1. Whip the cream with vanilla essence and sugar,till it forms peaks.
To Assemble the cake.
  1. Place the bottom layer of the coffee liquor soaked cake.
  2. Spread the filling in between.
  3. Repeat with all the layers.
  4. Know spread the whipping cream around.
  5. Make sure you cover all the sides of the cake with a thick layer of the cream.
  6. Now break the praline up and stick it all around the sides of the cake. You don't have to be particular about breaking it into small pieces. A little big pieces add to the texture.

8. With the icing writing pen, write down whatever message you want. I wrote Happy Birthday. Decorate with stars, or whatever shapes you have made.

9. Once completely cooled and firm, the chocolate stars and the plaque will come off the parchment really quick.

10. I then piped out some of the filling around the rim of the cake.

And voila, the cake is ready to be cut.

I made two cakes as there were thirty people comign for the party.

The cake as such is very easy to make, but what takes the most time is getting the different components ready to assemble them all together. This is a fun way I came up with, but there are endless possibilities with icing and cake decorating.

Hope you all enjoy this recipe.

More cake recipes coming soon.


Ron said...

My god Karuna!!! When did you learn to make cakes like this!!? Mrs. Hussain would be so proud of you :D

Mansi said...

The cake looks so yum, will follow your blog from now on.

karuna said...

thanks Mansi

Pavithra said...

Oh wow thats awesome cake ...really perfect and cannot wait to eat some cake now seeing urs..

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