Chocolate Blackout Cake Revisited

November 18, 2008 | Chuck
Chocolate Blackout Cake

We've been chocolate blackout cake obsessed since the first time we made it. The cake and pudding are fantastic on their own, but combine the two and you have the best chocolate cake ever!

The last few times we've made this dessert we skipped the icing because it's very temperamental. Instead, we doubled the pudding and used all four layers of cake. Who's not going to like twice as much homemade chocolate pudding?

To prove how good this cake is, all you need to do is take a look at the last picture in the slideshow. That's our friend, Jane, having a piece while in early labor. I'm not kidding! We planned on cooking for Jane and Mark back in September. But, she started having contractions early in the morning so we figured dinner was off. Hungry Bear and I decided to make dinner anyway since we had already gone shopping.

Then, Jane called in the evening telling us that she was coming over for cake. We thought she was just joking, but Jane and Mark soon showed up at our door (the hospital is only a few blocks away). I told her she was welcome to have some dessert, but if her water broke she had to clean it up.

Luckily for us, there were no accidents. Jane enjoyed her cake while Mark was timing her contractions. It was one of the more entertaining Sunday nite dinners we've had in awhile. We sent Jane and Mark to the hospital with a good portion of the cake and Jane delivered a healthy baby boy, Dylan. When we visited Jane and the baby in hospital, she also declared it the best chocolate cake she's ever had!

P.S. We promise a savory dish in our next post. And I also promise to deliver it in less than a week.

Chocolate Cake Heaven

Chocolate Blackout Cake Recipe


SND Note: We used Valhrona cocoa powder and Valhrona Le Noir Gastronomie (61% cacao) chocolate. The cake can be served at room temperature, but we prefer to eat it cold. For us, the flavors and texture are better when the cake is served straight from the fridge.

Pudding Ingredients
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa (preferably Dutch processed)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
Cake Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa (preferable Dutch processed)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 dozen chocolate wafer cookies
Directions

To make the chocolate pudding:
  1. Combine 2 cups milk with 4 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan and bring to just under a boil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine remaining sugar with salt, cocoa, and cornstarch. Whisk in remaining 1 cup unheated milk. Gradually whisk cocoa mixture into hot milk. Heat, over medium heat, stirring, until mixture thickens (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Whisk together eggs and egg yolks in a small bowl. Temper the eggs by adding a few tablespoons of the heated milk. Add the tempered eggs to the saucepan and stir for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and whisk in chopped chocolate and butter. The pudding should be relatively thick (mud consistency) and will firm up when cooled. If pudding is still thin, continue heating over low heat, stirring until pudding thickens. Cool, cover with plastic wrap and reserve in refrigerator.

To make the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter 2 (8-inch) cake pans and line with parchment. Butter the parchment and flour pans, shaking out the excess.
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Reserve.
  3. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat eggs and sugar until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in vegetable oil. Alternately add dry ingredients with buttermilk, scraping the bowl once or twice. Add the coffee and vanilla to form a thin batter. Divide between prepared cake pans.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert onto cooling racks, peel off paper and cool completely.
  5. When cool, split each cake in half with a serrated slicing knife. Spread bottom layer with 1/4 of the reserved chocolate pudding. Repeat with remaining layers, ending with pudding on top.
  6. In a food processor, pulse the cookies into crumbs. Sprinkle on top of the cake.

Makes 12 servings

[Adapted from Sweet Stuff: Karen Barker's American Desserts]

[tags]valhrona, chocolate, bittersweet, cake, pudding[/tags]

22 Comments on “Chocolate Blackout Cake Revisited”

  1. Rosa said:

    Splendid and so tempting! A scrumptious cake!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. paul said:

    meh — you were gone for too long. and the fact that you did the same post over again? meh more. later.

  3. Pearl said:

    Hi there! I found your blog randomly and I just had to comment! Your cake looks so amazing! Looks absolutely wonderful!

    Hopefully we can be blogger friends :).

    Pearl

  4. sara angel said:

    uh YUM! that looks mouthwateringly delicious.

  5. colen said:

    This cake looks so good. I can’t drink coffee, what do you recommend as a subsititue for the 1 cup of coffee?? thanks…..

  6. Isabelle said:

    This cake looks fabulous! I love to hear revisions of recipes that make them even more delectable! Must. have. right. now!

  7. That looks delicious!

  8. Mrs. L said:

    Though I’m not a big fan of chocolate cake, this looks delicious. I never would have thought to eat this right out of the fridge, thanks for the tip.

  9. Kristine said:

    Ohh. Is it weird f I just licked my monitor? This looks like a nice show-off dessert to bring to a dinner party.

  10. Monica H said:

    This actually loks more appealling to me than the previous one with the icing. This looks awesome!

    I’m bookmarking this recipe for my chocoholic husband!

  11. megan said:

    that looks absolutely sinful ;) and utterly irresistible!

  12. Elina said:

    Haha, that story was awesome! The cake looks absolutely amazing… Mmmm

  13. When I think of chocolate cake, that’s the image in my head. Perfection!

  14. oooooooooooooo this looks amazing, would love love love some now!!!!

  15. Zestycook said:

    Excellent looking chocolate cake. WOW thanks for sharing

    zesty

  16. Who needs turkey on Thanksgiving when you can have this instead? I, for one, would be very happy with three courses of chocolate blackout cake.

  17. lori said:

    Oh, I totally wouldn’t mind another dessert recipe! That blackout cake looks even better than the last one. It’s also a cake that I’ve been wanting to make for a long time and I think this post may just be the prod I needed.

  18. Deeba said:

    A friend mentioned she was trying out this cake last night…I’ve hopped over to check it out…you blog is beautiful!

  19. Brenda said:

    I have to make this really soon!

  20. sweetie said:

    i hope you made the same cake for the baby’s birthday party!

  21. Saria said:

    hey.. I tried this but my pudding didn’t set.. :/ but it was good all the same.. how long do you keep it in the fridge? :/

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