Chocolate Party Cake

Hello everyone–  If there’s one thing we love at our house, it’s chocolate cake.  This is one I made for a baby shower a couple weeks ago.  I think this cake just looks like a party!

I have to tell you, when I saw those chocolate shards on top in the photo of the recipe, I was intimidated.  But they were super easy.  And with chocolate whipped cream filling and chocolate ganache– pretty perfect!

CHOCOLATE PARTY CAKE

Cake:
1 chocolate cake mix*
3 eggs
canola oil
water 1 packet instant coffee

Filling:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1  1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 tsp. instant vanilla (or chocolate) pudding mix (powder)

Ganache:
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tab. butter (1/4 stick)
1  1/3 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate Shards:
2/3 cup chocolate chips

To make the cake, follow the instructions of the package.  Mine used 3 eggs, 1 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup vegetable oil.  Add in the packet of instant coffee (to make the a richer chocolate taste) and beat 2 minutes with an electric mixer.

Scoop the batter into three 9″ cake pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake them up at 350 degrees for 22 to 25 minutes, until they are firm to the touch.  Let the cake school completely before you add the filing and toppings.

To make the filling, put the 1 cup of heavy whipping cream in a glass bowl and microwave it for 2 minutes.  Pour in the 1  1/3 cup chocolate chips and beat them together until they make a dark chocolate paste.  Set the bowl into the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill.

Then use an electric mixer (whisk attachment works best) to beat the cream & chocolate mixer plus the vanilla pudding mix  until it becomes fluffy and firm.  Top the bottom layer of the cake with half of the whipped chocolate cream.  Stack the second layer on top and top it with the second half of the cream.  Then add on the third layer of cake.

To make the chocolate ganache, put the 1/2 cup whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan.  Bring it to a low simmer.  Turn off the heat and then add in the 1 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.  Beat the ganache 3 or 4 minutes until it’s blended and glossy.  (so pretty!)

When the ganache cools to room temperature, drizzle it over the cake.

To make the chocolate shards, melt 2/3 cup of chocolate chips in a glass bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds.  Stir it up and microwave 45 seconds more until it is smooth.

With an offset spatula (or wide blade knife) spread the chocolate onto a piece of parchment paper to have a 12″ by 6″ rectangle of thin chocolate.  Top it with a second piece of parchment and then roll it into a tube and set it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Take the rolled chocolate out of the fridge and carefully unroll the parchment.  With a small spatula lift the broken shards onto the top of the cake.  Beautiful!  Happy Party!!

31 thoughts on “Chocolate Party Cake

    • You’re so dear Suzanne! We headed up to Ojai (about 3 hours north) to celebrate our Micah’s birthday with him, Jodi and the 3 grand-girls. It’s in a little valley full of citrus groves– such a pretty drive. How about you?? Hoe your weekend was relaxing and restful (or were you working??!) xox friend.

    • I know Kat. I’ve tried making chocolate curls with less than stellar results. So I was happy these turned out OK! — Loved your cornbread recipe. It’s Larry’s favorite — I usually make a full recipe and he eats leftovers for breakfast a couple days. Take care blog-friend. xox

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