Back to last week's baking frenzy....so last week I posted the Chocolate Chip Cookie Torte, now moving on to Cake Truffles and Fourteen Layer Cake. Yes, that was fourteen.
Many of you may know them as Cake Balls, but come on, the word Truffles just gives off this aura of rich, creamy, chocolatey goodness. Balls-not so much. Anyways, for those of you who already know how to make Cake Truffles, bear with me- I have this cool new technique I just learned from ThePioneerWoman. Shall we begin?
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Now for the new technique- I saw this on The Pioneer Woman, and I can't believe how nice it turned out. It worked out great because first I dipped about 2/3 of the balls normally in chocolate. At that point, there is always lots of chocolate left in the bowl, but its too goopy to dip in . So then I used her technique, and it worked out perfectly for the last third.
Fourteen Layer Cake
Its worth it to make this cake, just to drop casually " Oh yeah, last night I made Fourteen Layer Cake." Try it, its fun! Just kidding, it was fun, but its much more than that. This cake exceeded my expectations beyond my wildest dreams. I saw this cake on Bakerella about a year ago, and I was just biding my time, waiting for the perfect oppurtunity to present itself. Well, it did, so I made it! Oh.My.Goodness. This cake had the perfect, moist crumb balanced with a sweet and creamy chocolate glaze. It was heaven. I will be perfectly honest with you- somewhere between the eighth and the fourteenth layer, I was seriously doubting my sanity. But sometimes, losing your sanity is worth it for a cake. And please don't quote me on that. Anyways, I am not going to go through all the steps here- I followed Bakerella's links, and it worked out fine.
A few notes:
1. Bakerella's chocolate frosting looks delicious, but if you want a non-dairy recipe, this one is great.
2. Is anyone wondering where to get non-dairy evaporated milk? I was, and I am pretty sure there is no such thing in the stores. I found a really cool recipe for evaporated milk online, and it really worked: Pour 3 cups soy/rice milk into a small saucepan. Simmer on medium-low for approximately 2 hours, until the milk is half in volume. ( 1 1/2 cups) Refrigerate until use.
3. For some reason, in Bakerella's pictures, she seemed to have much more chocolate to spread on the sides. I didn't have that much on the sides at all, but it was fine because it was all covered with chocolate frosting at the end.
And the inside....
Again.....when you bring a layer cake to a party make sure to bring a normal knife!! Its really too bad, I feel like I am looking a the mangled wreck of my cake. It was really delicious, but much prettier when cut with a normal knife!