Christmas-Comes-But-Once-A-Year-Chocolate Cake

“Another great recipe for the Holiday Season, with a delicious Rum Butter Cream Frosting, Simply Delish!!”
READY IN:
25mins
YIELD:
1 9-inch layer cake
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. RUM BUTTER CREAM FROSTING:
  2. Heat rum, sugar and corn syrup in saucepan over low heat, stirring gently, until sugar dissolves. Wash down sides of pan with pastry brush dipped in ice water. Clip candy thermometer to side of pan, raise heat to medium, and boil without stirring until syrup registers 240F (softball stage). Remove syrup from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks and vanilla until mixture is pale and thick and falls in ribbons when you lift the beaters. Add hot syrup to yolks by pouring down the side of the bowl, a little at a time, beating after each addition. Let yolk mixture cool. Add softened butter 1 tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Frosting should be thick and perfectly smooth. Use butter cream as soon as possible, or refrigerate up to three days.
  4. CAKE:
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by greasing them, lining bottoms with wax paper circle, greasing wax paper, and dusting bottoms and sides with flour.
  6. Mix together flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.
  7. Bring eggs to room temperature. Eggs achieve greater volume if they are warm when you beat them, so combine eggs, vanilla and almond extract in large deep bowl, placed in shallow bowl of hot tap water. Beat with electric mixer until light and thick and quadrupled in volume. Add sugar 1 tablespoons at a time, beating continuously. Keep beating until mixture is thick and airy, like soft whipped cream, and thick rope of batter falls and sits on top of mixture for a few seconds when you lift beaters.
  8. Gently fold in 1 1/4 flour mixture; repeat with remainder 1/4 at a time.
  9. Remove 1 cup batter to separate bow and whisk in clarified butter. Stir in chopped almonds. Return mixture to remaining batter, 1/4 cup at a time, folding in gently but thoroughly.
  10. Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Bake 25-30 minutes; when cake is done, center will spring back if lightly pressed, and cake will be pulling away from pans sides.
  11. Let layers cool in pan on wire racks for 10 minutes, then run a knife around each layer. Turn out, peel off waxed paper, and turn right side up on racks to finish cooling. When cool, wrap individually in plastic and freeze for 1 hour.
  12. ALMOND CHOCOLATE MOUSSE:
  13. Finely chop chocolate. Scald 1/2 cup heavy cream with sugar, stirring to dissolve. Pour hot cream over chopped chocolate and stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool completely.
  14. When cool, whip 1 1/4 cups heavy cream with almond extract just until stiff; do not over beat. Fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Use as soon as possible.
  15. TO ASSEMBLE CAKE:
  16. Split each cake layer in half horizontally to make a total of four thin layers. Put one layer cut side up on cake plate and tuck strips of waxed paper under cake to keep plate neat while you assemble and decorate cake. Spread first layer wirh 3/4 cup frosting and then 3/4 cup mousse. Repeat with remaining layers, cut sides down, making a stack that ends with frosting. Use remaining mousse to cover top and sides of cake. Process vanilla wafers to fine crumbs; sprinkle some over top and sides of cake. Use generous amount, since first layer of crumbs well darken as crumbs absorb moisture from cake. Press chocolate almonds around top edge to complete decorations.
  17. Serve immediately, or put cake in freezer uncovered for 1 hour, until very firm, then cover with plastic wrap and return to freezer until one hour before serving.

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