Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Chocolate Ganache Cake, Part Deux

It's Friday and so it time to see what's come out of our kitchens. From appetizers to desserts, good food abounds at Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum.

At Linderhof, it's chocolate cake. A favorite cake, Chocolate Ganache Cake from the Barefoot Contessa. Part Deux because I posted about it before. It was Valentine's dessert.

But it's spring and although it was the same recipe, I decided to make one small change . . . .
White chocolate for the frosting instead of chocolate chocolate. (Note: chips contain binders which is why it calls for bar chocolate. I used chips and I did have a problem with the ganache frosting (as you can see by the picture).
And since it is spring, what better to decorate than violas from the garden. I love the purple, violet and white flowers against the white chocolate frosting.
The top looked nice and the flowers added a nice touch. I did cut the cake in the kitchen and just brought out pieces.
The cake went well with raspberry tea and . . . there was enough that Husband Jim and I had a piece for dessert that evening.

For the recipe, see Chocolate Ganache Cake (Part One). It truly is a simple recipe and goes together almost as quickly as a cake mix. The chocolate comes from the whole can of Hershey's syrup. And I like the fact that it only makes one layer -- sometimes that amount of cake is just perfect!

24 comments:

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

oh this looks and sounds almost sinful! which of course means I must try it! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

marty39 said...

I agree, this does look sinful. I will definitely give it a try. Looks yummy. Hugs, Marty

susan said...

Looks like "sinful" is the word of the evening. I really must stop looking at food pictures this late at night :)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Oh, this looks so good!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Yummm, this looks so good - I wish you could pass me a piece right now! ☺ Diane

Mary said...

It's hard to find a cake that gets any better than this. Another winner, Martha. Enjoy the long weekend.

Barbara said...

I quit ( trying to lose weight), sweets are my weakness and this one looks like heaven. So what the heck, we only live once,

Happy Foodie Friday!

mbkatc230 said...

This sounds delicious! Rich and decadent, and chocolate - how can you go wrong! Kathy

Blushing hostess said...

Oh, dear. You might try Valrohna chocolate next time, it will save you the heartache after all this work. It also tastes wonderful, a world away from chips.

Acorn Cottage said...

Looks leathal! I'm sure it was delicious...and with a cup of tea, what could be more lovely! Love the fresh flowers, just beautiful!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Gorgeous chocolate cake, especially with the flowers on it.
Happy Foodie Friday and have a great Memorial Day weekend.
Sam

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

This looks great...and thanks for the info about the chips being different from the bars...thanks
Becky

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour Martha!
How lovely that you came by over from Kansas! We here in Minneapolis MN are enjoying a wonderful spring. Your cake is DIVINE et magnifique! I love your house too! Come by Saturday for some pink inspiration. Anita

Kristen said...

I love the flowers on top of the cake. They look so sweet. The cake sounds delicious, too!

ButterYum said...

Yes, chocolate chips contain stabilizers, which help them maintain their shape when warm. The stabilizers shouldn't have caused this problem for you... if anything they just give a slightly less than perfectly smooth appearance to the finished ganach. What brand of chocolate did you use?

Shelia said...

Hi Martha! Oh, trouble or not - it looks divine! I'll have one slice please, if you have any left!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Lori E said...

White chocolate can split just like yours did and have an oily compound. You need to reheat it to emulsify it again while whisking it back together.
Any water contact at all can have the same results.
Frustrating isn't it.

Carrie said...

Cake.... I love cake!!

Mrs. G said...

You are making me hungry for cake. Looks delicious.

Amy said...

ooooooh, I looooooooove white chocolate so much! My mouth is watering!

amy@maisonbelle

mbkatc230 said...

This looks heavenly! The dark chocolate cake with the white chocolate frosting, yummy. And I love the flower decorations. Kathy

Joyce said...

My taste buds are screaming at me to get up and make this!
Joyce

Puna said...

Wow that looks divine. Can you eat the flowers?

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Sounds great - looks beautiful!