Recipe courtesy of Maeve Rochford Schulz
Episode: Holiday Hoopla
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Hot Chocolate Cake
Total:
3 hr 50 min
Prep:
55 min
Inactive:
2 hr 25 min
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
1 large 2-tier cake
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
3 hr 50 min
Prep:
55 min
Inactive:
2 hr 25 min
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
1 large 2-tier cake
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Cake:
Chocolate Ganache:
Marshmallow Buttercream:
Cinnamon-Nutmeg Buttercream:

Directions

For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour three 9-inch cake pans and three 6-inch cake pans.

Cream the butter and granulated sugar in a stand mixer. Add the eggs 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and espresso in a large bowl. Combine the milk, sour cream and coffee in a separate large bowl. Alternate adding the wet and dry ingredients to the mixer until combined and a light fluffy batter is reached.

Divide the batter among the prepared cake pans and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, 15 to 20 minutes.

For the chocolate ganache: Combine the chocolate chips, cream and milk in a large pot and heat until the chocolate melts and the mixture is hot, stirring to combine; do not allow to boil.

To temper the egg yolk, put it in a large bowl and scoop a ladleful of the hot milk mixture into it, whisking constantly. Keep adding the rest of the hot milk mixture, a ladleful at a time, until completely combined. Whisk until the ganache is silky and shiny. Refrigerate until set and spreadable, 1 to 2 hours. (It's best if it's allowed to sit overnight to set.)

For the marshmallow buttercream: Mix the butter, confectioners' sugar, marshmallow creme and vanilla extract in a stand mixer on medium until light and fully combined.

For the cinnamon-nutmeg buttercream: Beat the butter, confectioners' sugar, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on high until fully combined, light and airy

To assemble: Top a 9-inch cake layer with 1 cup of the cinnamon-nutmeg buttercream. Place another 9-inch cake layer on top of it, then top with 1 cup of the chocolate ganache. Continue alternating cake layers with buttercream and ganache layers, leaving the very top bare. Cover the whole cake in a layer of the marshmallow buttercream.

Cook's Note

This recipe makes a large 2-tiered cake. For one 9-inch cake, divide the recipe in half.

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. It has not been tested for home use.

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