TWD: Perfect Party Cake… Again

by Holly on June 30, 2009

Sorry for the poor picture quality! The lighting was terrible at my parents house.

I have been waiting for the day when someone would choose for us to make the Perfect Party Cake for Tuesdays with Dorie and this week, Carol of mix, mix… stir, stir was finally the one to make this the recipe of choice.

I was a Daring Baker when we made this cake last year. I made it then with the buttercream, orange, dulce de leche and strawberries. It was amazing and didn’t really give me too much trouble with anything. I didn’t have any trouble with the cake layers this time either, and really liked using the lemon in it.

Though I could have finally tried these as cupcakes this time (DB’s had to be layered cake) I was making the cake for my Dad’s birthday and he expected a birthday cake. He is dieting, so we rationed portions accordingly and rather than make the butter-laden (if oh so dreamy) buttercream frosting and instead of using the sugary jam, I opted to make a fudge frosting from Nick Malgieri since Dorie mentions the recipe for this cake originally came to her from Nick. The frosting recipe is from his book, The Modern Baker. The frosting is creamy, dreamy, and not too sweet. Just a mixture of melted chocolate, butter, corn syrup, vanilla and cream.

My Dad had a small slice of his cake and enjoyed it, but overall, the cake was a little too dry with this fudgey frosting instead of the jam and buttercream. As long as I had a big glass of cold milk though, I didn’t mind.

It tasted pretty much like a big slice of my favorite black and white cookies! Which was actually why I tried the frosting. Next time, I may try this again, with filling the inside with chocolate buttercream or something and keeping the jam in the mix as well.

Make sure to see how the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers did this week!

Chocolate Fudge Icing
From The Modern Baker, by Nick Malgieri

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup light corn syrup
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the cream and corn syrup in a small saucepan and whisk well to mix. Place over low heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and pour into a bowl to cool to lukewarm, about 110 degrees F.

Add the cooled cream mixture to the melted chocolate and whisk until smooth. Distribute the butter in a small pieces all over the chocolate mixture, then whisk it in smoothly. Whisk in the vanilla. Cool the icing until it is firm enough to spread.

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chocolatechic June 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Looks wonderful.

I just loved this cake!

hotovenwarmheart June 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Hi Holly!

Your cake looks beautiful- great job! Did you have a chance to make this week's SMS recipe? The double chocolate cherry cookies were a hit with my family, so if you have any chocolate lovers, definitely give it a try!

I wanted to ask you if you're baking this round for Operation Baking GALS? I'm not sure if I told you, but I lead the bonus team, Team Oven Loving for the Recovering, which bakes for the hospitalized soldiers recuperating from injury stateside. If you're interested, I'd love to have you bake with us, if not this round, maybe at some point in the future. Let me know what you think if you have a chance! I'd love for you to stop by my site to check out my cookies, as well, so feel free to stop by and say hello anytime!


myfamousrecipe June 30, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Thanks for posting the chocolate fudge icing recipe. I love black and white cookies, so this is a great find.

Manggy June 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Uh, okay, what were you apologizing for? Because that is one ridiculously good-looking treat after another. Love the "cookies!" 🙂

Kim June 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Looks beautiful. The DB cake looks fantastic too.

vibi June 30, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Poor lighting or not, this cake looks decadent! MMmmmm… just a tiny, winy, smidgy bowl of frosting, pleeeeeease! LOL

Ahhh… how easyly I run my finger in that dark goodness! mmmm…

Hornedfroggy June 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Poor lighting? I can't tell – it looks fabulous and really yummy! 🙂

Carol Peterman June 30, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Your cake looks beautiful, but I can see how it might be a bit dry with just the chocolate frosting. Your DB version is just over-the-top-delicious looking! Thanks for baking with me this week, and happy birthday to your dad.

Leslie June 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm

The chocolate lover in me loves the one you did for TWD, but the one you made for DR is over the top! That dulce de leche kills me the way it's dripping over the top, under the border!

Jacque June 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Aaah, bummer on the dry cake. They sure look cute, though. Like giant cookies 🙂

Kayte June 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Okay, we all know how I feel about chocolate, so I will skip commenting on that one and go straight to the one with strawberries…which looks absolutley fantastically elegant and delicious. Beautiful job, Holly!

Natalie June 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm

everything looks so yummy! i love the black&whites- i make a black&white cookie cupcake for Tickled Pink. 🙂

Aimée June 30, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Holly, you've got so much going on and yet you can turn out a beautiful cake like this. Impressive!

Amanda June 30, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Wow, three delectable items in one post! I loved this cake, I will definitely be making it again 🙂

margot June 30, 2009 at 9:49 pm

The gooey fudge frosting looks yummy and the DB cake is just gorgeous! I love black & white cookies, thanks for linking the recipe, it is going on "the list."

TeaLady June 30, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Wow!! Those look fantastic.

We've made this before???

Love the fudge – looks like a Boston Cream Pie.

Jules Someone July 1, 2009 at 1:15 am

That looks amazing. Recipe for the black and whites?

Jodie July 1, 2009 at 3:33 am

What is this dulche de leche business??? I want some!!

Tracey July 1, 2009 at 4:05 am

Both of your cakes look lovely! I love how different they look even though they're made from the same recipe. Wonderful job.

theeclecticconnoisseur July 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm

The cake with dulce de leche and strawberries is gorgeous! I wouldn't have thought to try that, but it sounds fantastic. The chocolate one looks dreamy too.

pinkstripes July 1, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I like the layers with the chocolate frosting. The cake you did for DB was a lot more work and looks wonderful, but I think this year's is just as good. YUM.

steph- whisk/spoon July 1, 2009 at 7:38 pm

two delicious versions! that drippy ganache looks divine!

lasinthekitchen July 1, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Holy cow, when I first saw the chocolate fudge frosting my eyes popped out – it looks soo soo chocolate-y luscious! I'll bring my glass of milk!
The DB Perfect Party Cake is just gorgeous too!

Pamela July 2, 2009 at 1:07 am

Oh, you're right! The cake does remind me of the B & W cookie!! So good!

Mandy July 3, 2009 at 8:09 am

you've already made me gained 10pounds just by looking at the cake. hahhaa

Jess July 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Oooh…that chocolate icing looks divine. Glass of milk, please! Such a great cake.

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