Tuesday, June 22, 2010
TWD - Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake
I am a self-confessed chocoholic, but when it comes to chocolate desserts, it can be a bit hit and miss for me. I don't like the chocolate flavour to be insipid, but if it is too full on and rich, I don't like it either. Case in point is chocolate icecream - the artificial chocolate flavour that you find in Neopolitan icecream and many supermarket icecreams does not appeal to me, but give me a "proper" chocolate icecream from a gelateria, I will lap it up.
This week's Tuesday with Dorie challenge can thankfully never be called an insipid chocolate experience. Our host, Amy of Amy Ruth Bakes, chose Dorie's Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake, and what a fabulous chocolate experience it has been. This cake is comprised of a devilishy dark sour cream chocolate cake, filled with two layers of jam and topped with a chocolate and sour cream frosting. Insipid? No. Decadent - yes.
My loaf pan was not big enough to contain all of the cake batter, so I ended up with three muffins (which spilled over the top of the muffin holes) as well. I ate one of those warm with a scoop of vanilla icecream - and OMG, that was my idea of heaven!!
Without further ado, here is my baked cake sans adornment (or, if it is "dressy" once completed, here it is completely nude):
Here's a shot inside the layers while being filled with jam:
Look how deeply, darkly decadent this cake is! Remember, it contains sour cream, so it has just the right amount of tang and moistness. I used papaya jam that I bought at a craft market on Saturday at Malvern Town Hall:
The cake frosting gave me a little grief, probably because I had neither enough chocolate or enough sour cream to make the quantity of frosting suggested by Dorie. I found the frosting to be something like mortar, and I felt like a brickie's labourer while I applied it to the cake. In the end, I used my hands to try and pat it on and smooth it out a little.
Thanks Amy for choosing this delicious cake for us this week. Check out Amy's site for the recipe, or the TWD blogroll for other versions of this cake.