Monday, February 1, 2010

Chocolate Overdose Cake

This cake is no joke. It really is an overdose of chocolateness all in one cake. Save this recipe for a special occasion. Or throw a party so you can make this cake. Whenever you do decide to make it, you will definitely impress your friends and family.

The cake starts with a layer of brownie. Then it's filled with a chocolate mousse. On top of the mousse is a layer of chocolate cake. Then to top it off, you pour a whole batch of chocolate ganache over the cake. I decorated with chocolate covered strawberries. All in all I think this cake took about two and a half pounds of chocolate to make. But boy was it worth it!

I made this for a celebration party at the in-laws. Everyone there knows I bake and lot an always loves whatever I make. When Hubby's mom asked if I'd bring a dessert, I knew I had to make this cake. I had been eyeing it for quite some time. It was even on my Top 10 list back in June! I got so many raves over this cake. Everyone really enjoyed it. Even a couple people who claimed they don't like chocolate cake.

The cake should be kept in the fridge until ready to serve. We drove almost 3 hours with it in the car and it was fine. We just kept it cold again once we got to the in-laws. There are just quite a few components to this cake, so it takes some time. Be sure to read through everything before you start this project. Here's how I tackled the cake. First I made the brownie layer. While that was in the oven I mixed up the cake batter so it could go straight into the oven when the brownie came out. While the cake was baking, I made the mousse. Once the cake came out, I made the ganache since it has to chill for an hour. Once the cake was cooled, I assembled the cake and let it chill for the hour. It took me about that long to clean up the massive mess in the kitchen and then it was time to cover the cake with ganache. Once I poured on the ganache, I put the whole cake in the fridge overnight to set up. The next morning, I heated up the reserved ganache and used it to glue the strawberries to the cake.

Chocolate Overdose Cake - from Confections of a Foodie Bride - makes ~16 servings

Printable Recipe
Because this recipe has so many components and may seem intimidating, I've decided to only link to the printable recipe instead of including the multi-page recipe here. Just click through if you'd like to make this cake. I highly recommend it.

I am submitteing this for Mele Cotte's Kitchen of Love event.

I am also submitting this as my entry for Flavor of the Month on Bake at 350. This is the last Flavor of the Month which makes me a bit sad.

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yumventures said...

This looks just plain amazing...and I'm not even a huge chocolate fan! The different textures must be delectable -- good thing Valentine's Day is coming up =)

Jelli Bean said...

This looks like my favorite cake I've never tried. Yum! After reading the directions, it seems like you could reduce the prep time by simply preparing the brownie batter first and setting it aside while prepping the cake batter, and then baking them at the same time. Either way, I am putting this on my "MUSTS!" list. Thanks for sharing.

Jade said...

Wow!! That looks amazing. It would make a great chocolage indulgence for Valentine's Day.

Katie said...

WOW! That looks amazing! I love the filling. I'm starring to try for sure. Chocolate cake is always a big winner with guests. :)

kitchen koala said...

Mmmm....chocolate! Looks fantastic :)

Memória said...

Man, this cake is serious stuff!! I would love some of that! Thanks for all the tips on how to make it more efficiently.

oneordinaryday said...

That is one amazing way to celebrate.

The Methods Guy said...

OMG That looks awesome. I wish I could take it out of the computer screen and eat it right now!!!

Ingrid said...

While I'm not a chocolate cake fan I have to say that is one delicious and impressive looking cake! Definitely makes wish I was into chocolate. :)

Tasteandshare said...

Did anyone count the calories? ;-)

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I really feel hungry!


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laurasrecipecollection said...

Talk about death by chocolate! That looks incredible!

nutmegnanny said...

This is such a beautiful cake! I really want to give it a whirl. A lot of chocolate but totally worth it!

ashley said...

omg. this looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. can i get a piece right now please?!

mycupcake said...

wow. that looks amazing

ButterYum said...

Looks absolutely fabulous. Really wonderful photos too!

So glad I stumbled upon your blog.


Mansi said...

beautiful cake! one can never be tired of Chocolate! and those strawberries steal the show!:)

Yummy! that would’ve have been a perfect finger food! love the cheesy texture:)

this would be perfect for the Valentine day giveaway I’m hosting on my blog. would be great if you could participate!

Chris said...

Is a cake like this even legal? This is going to be a most special addition in the KOL round up. Thanks for participating, Jen!

Talita said...

Wow!! Just the way the CHocorango likes! Kinda perfect!

Erin O. said...

When I made this, I almost went into a chocolate coma. But it was totally worth it!!!


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