Recipe courtesy of Wiley Saccheri

Bourbon Triple Chocolate Cake

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr (includes cooling and chilling time)
  • Active: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

Bourbon Chocolate Cake:

Nonstick baking spray

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 

3/4 cup granulated sugar 

1/3 cup light brown sugar 

1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder 

2 teaspoons baking powder 

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1/2 teaspoon fine salt 

3 large eggs 

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream 

1 tablespoon vanilla extract 

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 

1/2 cup vegetable oil 

1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled 

1/3 cup bourbon whiskey 

Chocolate Filling:

4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate

2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

4 large eggs 

Chocolate Ganache:

2 cups chopped bittersweet chocolate

2 cups heavy cream 

Directions

For the cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two 8-inch cake pans with parchment circles and spray thoroughly with nonstick baking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large measuring cup, blend the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend the melted butter and oil on low speed until incorporated. Mix in the coffee and bourbon. Slowly add the flour mixture; mix until smooth. Add the egg mixture and mix until thoroughly blended.

Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack and let cool completely.

While cakes are in the oven, whip up the filling: Melt the baking chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl until smooth. Set aside to cool.

In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the salted butter and granulated sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Drizzle in the melted chocolate and vanilla and whip until combined. Adjust the mixer to medium speed and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for 5 full minutes between each addition. Once the eggs are incorporated, chill the filling for 30 minutes to firm up.

For the ganache: Place the bittersweet chocolate in a metal bowl. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the heavy cream just to a boil, then pour it over the chopped chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Let cool to room temperature.

To assemble the cake: Level and split the cake layers with a serrated knife. Layer the ganache and filling alternately to build an attractive layer cake. Chill the cake completely, then pour lukewarm ganache over the top, allowing plenty to drip down the sides of the cake.

When you can't hold back any longer, slice and enjoy!

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