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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Brooklyn Blackout Cake! - The Cake Slice

June 20th! That's today! And as every 20th of each month we, The Cake Slice Bakers, finally reveal The Cake we baked for the month. I love being part of The Cake Slice because I love the idea of "baking with others" even when we are far away... we choose a Recipe Book each year, and each month we vote for a cake to bake from that book! (we have 4 options to choose from each month) and then... we get to bake it and then reveal our master piece on the 20th (never earlier) of each month.

This time the winner cake was "Brooklyn Blackout 2003" and I think we were all winners with this! I was very excited because hubby loves chocolate, so I decided I would make it for father's day... then I even thought about sharing it in church to celebrate the daddies of my lifegroup (as we call it) but nobody ate it (there wasn't a big turnout in our lifegroup that Sunday... probably because it was father's day) anyway if you read yesterday's post you already know this... so... I ended up bringing the whole cake back home where hubby got to try it... I was anxious to see his reaction, I hadn't tasted it yet, nobody had... and all he said was: "WOW! Make sure you invite people over to eat this cake... because it DESERVES TO BE EATEN" I was so happy... so I did... I had friends over and I even sent them with some cake to take home with them... these were some of the comments from my friends:

Laurie D: "Tastes like a slice of heaven" 

James D: "Where had you been all my life?" 

Mrs. Diane H: "Thank you SOOOO much for the cake! That was without a doubt some of the best chocolate cake I have every had!!! And I have had a lot of chocolate cake in my lifetime. LOL!!!"

 So... you get an idea how much people liked it! Here are some pictures of the cake... I am going to share the recipe at the end but I truly want to encourage you to get this book... The Cake Book by Tish Boyle. This book is more than a recipe book but it's a guide to bake perfect cakes and understand how "a cake is created" like which tools and ingredients to use ... and why! everything in a very easy to understand "language".

Here are some of the pics... To see entire album Click Here 

Brooklyn Blackout 2003
Yield : Makes one 9-inch cake, serving 10 to 12


Chocolate Blackout Cake:

  • 1½ cups (6.4 oz/181 g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2.9 oz/85 g) natural (not Dutch-processed) cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (14 oz/400 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk
  • ½ cup (1 stick/4 oz/113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240 ml) hot brewed coffee

Chocolate Pudding Filling:

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup (4.6 oz/132 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) heavy cream
  • 3 ounces (85 g) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fudgy Chocolate Frosting:

  • 4 ounces (113 g) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 11 tablespoons (5.5 oz/156 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 2/3 cups (6.7 oz/191 g) confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract



1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and sides of two 9" round cake pans. Dust the pans with flour.
2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the granulated sugar and, using the paddle attachment, mix at low speed until blended.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolk, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. At low speed, add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients in a steady steam. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, then beat at medium speed until well blended, about 1 minute. Add the hot coffee, mixing just until blended. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand and stir the batter up from the bottom of the bowl a few times to thoroughly blend it. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans, dividing it evenly and smoothing the tops.
4. Bake the cakes for 30 to 35 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cakes in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.
5. Invert the cakes onto the racks and cool completely.

6. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt at medium speed until pale, about 1 minute.
7. In a medium heavy saucepan, combine the water and cream and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk about half of the hot cream mixture into the yolk mixture. Whisk this mixture back into the remaining cream mixture in the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Continue to boil, whisking, for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the chocolate until completely melted.
8. Pass the filling through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl. Stir in the vanilla extract. Cover the surface of the pudding with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until chilled.

9. Put the chocolate in a medium stainless steel bowl and place over a pot of barely simmering water. Heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove the bowl from the pot and set the chocolate aside to cool until tepid.
10. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat at medium-high speed for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in the vanilla extract and melted chocolate, then beat until well-blended and creamy, about 1 minute.

11. Using a long serrated knife, cut each cake layer in half horizontally, to make 4 layers. Reserve one layer. Place another cake layer, cut side up, on a serving plate. Whisk the chilled filling until smooth. Using a small offset metal spatula, spread half of the filling over the layer. Top with another cake layer and spread it with the remaining filling. Top with a third cake layer, smooth side up.
12. Break half of the reserved cake layer into large pieces and place them in the bowl of a food processor (save the remainder of the cake layer for snacking). Process the cake to fine crumbs, and set aside.
13. Using a narrow metal spatula, frost the top and sides of the cake with the frosting. Pat a generous amount of cake crumbs onto the sides of the cake, pressing them lightly into the frosting. Sprinkle the remaining cake crumbs over the top of the cake. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.


STORE in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for up to 2 days.


Paloma K.


Katie said...

Your cake looks perfect - it realy was divine wasn't it! I think I must have underbaked my layers as they were denser than yours, but still delicious.
Will be making again for sure :)

Raquel said...

Wow! That cake looks awesome! I had never heard of that cookbook. Great job....can you send me a piece ? :)

Paloma said...

Thanks Katie! Yes... this cake was really great! I enjoyed it a lot... all the way around! Making it was fun, seeing the "final product" was sooo rewarding and then sharing it with friends was just a blessing!

Raquel: Thank you! I would send you a piece but it was GONE!!! I had enough friends who came and enjoyed it with us! But ... maybe next time? :)

Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey said...

OMG.....where have you been all my life is looks so rich & chocolatey....great job, Paloma :)

Unknown said...

Great job on this cake. It looks great! And you are right...this cake needs visitors! LOL!

Emily said...

Your looks like the one in the book! Well done!

Cucina49 said...

Paloma, this looks delicious! Mine looks similar, minus the pudding layer. Love how you decorated it.

Monica H said...

No one ate your cake?! What?! My hubby would have been first in line to dig in to this creation :-)

So glad you were able to take it hoe for your hubby and friends to enjoy. It really was a great choice for this month.

Monica H said...

PS. Thank you for typing out the recipe because I copied and pasted your version :-)

Paloma said...

Thank you all! I just want to clarify that even when I was disappointed nobody ate the cake... I know nobody meant it for bad or to just "reject" the cake I made... LOL! ... there weren't too many people, then I should've thought better about it and maybe it was too early for cake... but... oh well! Friends (even some that were in that group) got to enjoy it the next day ;) ...

Kristi said...

MAN!! That looks so good! But there is no WAY I am making that! With my husband on the other side of the planet I would eat the whole thing by myself!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Oh yummmmy!!!!!!! Looks fabulous!

Stacie said...

This cake was so yummy. Yours is beautiful!

Dawn said...

It looks delicious, Paloma!! I'm going to have to try it.

Paloma said...

Thank you everyone!!! :)

OvenDelights said...

okay.....I was going to miss this month just because I got lazy, but after seing your post I'm going to rush to the store for the ingredients! Looks awesome!

bakery in 11234 said...

Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words... and I'm craving for one right now!