My Valentines

After wandering the neighbourhood yesterday, for Valentines day this year a Chocolate Cake was in order. Mine was inspired by the buttermilk chocolate cake recipe in the book - in Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs.

I have made this cake many times before but decided to change it up with the addition of Kirsch and a chocolate whipped cream frosting.
Valentines Day
What did you do for your sweetie?

Next time I make this recipe I would use double the vanilla and add 1 teaspoon of espresso powder.

More after the jump......
Chocolate Cake - In Julia's Kitchen With Master Chefs
Chocolate Cake - In Julia's Kitchen With Master Chefs - Page 39
Chocolate Cake - The Ingredients
For this recipe I used:
1/2 Cup of Water
2 Tablespoons of Buttermilk Powder
4 Ounces of Unsalted Butter
1/3 Cup of Cocoa Powder
1 Cup of Whey Low Granular (sugar replacement)
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
5 Large Eggs - separated
1 Cup of Cake Flour

1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
8 Ounces Melted Milk Chocolate

1/4 Cup Kirsch
Chocolate Cake - The Ingredients Ready To Go
The oven was heated to 325 and 4 - 6 inch cake pans were buttered and floured and set aside.
Chocolate Cake - Pans Buttered and Floured
In a small pan water and butter were melted and slightly cooled.
Chocolate Cake - Water and Butter Melting
In a small bowl I combined the sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, vanilla, and the buttermilk powder. I mixed in the slightly cooled butter/water mixture and set the bowl aside.

Chocolate Cake - Vanilla, Sugar, Baking Soda, Cocoa
Chocolate Cake - Adding the Buttermilk Powder
With my hand mixer In a medium bowl, the egg whites were whipped until frothy and the Whey Low was gradually added until peaked formed.
Chocolate Cake - Starting the Egg Whites
Chocolate Cake - After adding the sugar slowly and 5 minutes
I whisked the egg yolks into the chocolate mixture. I sifted the flour over the chocolate mixture and gently folded it in. Next the egg whites were added and folded in until just mixed.
Chocolate Cake - Adding the Egg Yolks
Chocolate Cake - Sifted Flour
Chocolate Cake - Adding the Egg Whites
Chocolate Cake - Mostly Mixed
Chocolate Cake - Just Mixed
I split the final mixture between the 4 pans and tapped them gently to spread the batter out in the pans.
Chocolate Cake - Splitting the Batter
Chocolate Cake - Smoothed Out
Into the oven for 20 minutes and the cakes were baked!

I let the cakes cool on a rack for 5 minutes and turned them out to cool fully.
Chocolate Cake - Cooling the Chocolate Cake
Once cool I wrapped 2 of the cakes and froze them for a future event.

In a bowl over a pan of simmering water I melted 2 bars of milk chocolate. After cooling for 10 minutes I made a couple of decorations from the milk chocolate, to decorate the cake later, and let them chill in the fridge.
Chocolate Cake - Melting Chocolate
After further cooling of the chocolate I whipped the cream then added the melted chocolate and vanilla. I chilled the bowl for 15 minutes then whipped the mixture again.
Chocolate Cake - Chocolate Whipped Cream
After splitting both cakes in half, I brushed on some kirsch on each layer followed with the chocolate cream frosting. Once everything was coated I added the decorations and chilled the cake completely.
Chocolate Cake - Soaking the Cake
Then Served.
Chocolate Cake - Frosted
Happy Valentines Day!!

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