Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Best Cake in the Entire World

Tomorrow is the biggest day of the year. It is the Blog Tech's birthday. The earth might just stand still! I am not a cake person. I've never liked cake. I make them though I never eat them. This year I needed something over the top for the BT so I tried a new recipe. The Uber Cake!!! Oh wow.....this is the cake to end all others. I actually ate two whole bites.


The recipe is printed below. It makes an 8 inch cake. I doubled it to make a 17 inch cake.

You need a spring form pan which you grease and flour and line with parchment. Then sit it on a parchment covered cookie sheet.


There are a number of steps but they are quite simple. The butter is melted in a bowl over simmering water.


You need a 1/2 pound of good quality chocolate.


Three eggs for the 8 inch or 6 for the 17 inch.


Crack the eggs into a bowl.


Then add them to the bowl of your mixer.


Add the light brown sugar.


And the white sugar. Mix until combined and smooth.


The chocolate mixture will be smooth and creamy when ready. Set it aside to cool a bit.


Add the corn syrup to the egg and sugar mixture. Then add the vanilla.


Then beat in the chocolate.


Switch to the paddle attachment.


Add the flour, baking soda and salt.


Blend it until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated.


Pour the batter into the pan. Bake it in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 40-45 minutes. Mine took much longer since it was so much bigger. The cake should be set and a toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the middle.


Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes.


Turn it over and remove the bottom and peel off the paper.


Allow it to cool completely.



While the cake is cooling make the caramel.


Have all your ingredients ready because you will have to work fast. Don't let your caramel burn.


When the mixture begins to caramelize, pull the colored part in from the edge with your whisk to cook it evenly.


Add the butter when the caramel is a light amber color. Then immediately pour in the cream. The sugar seizes up at first but just keep stirring and it will smooth out.


Add the salted peanuts and stir them in.


Place the cake back in the cleaned spring form and lock it. Pour the caramel and nuts over the top.


After my cake set and was completely cool I put it in the refrigerator to firm up further.


For purposes of the blog we cut into the cake early.


I made sure the Blog Tech got the first piece.


The cake is dense and chocolaty like the best brownie. The caramel is smooth and chewy and blends perfectly with the salty peanuts. This is simply one of the best desserts I have ever tasted.

The Blog Tech is very pleased!

The Recipe:

For the cake:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

3 large eggs

1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the topping:

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup water

1 and 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup

2/3 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup salted peanuts

Instructions

1. For the cake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Butter an 8-inch round springform pan, dust the inside with flour, tap out the excess and line the bottom of the pan with a piece of parchment paper.

3. Put the pan on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

4. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together.

5. Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water.

6. Add the butter and chocolate to the bowl and heat, stirring occasionally, until the ingredients are just melted.

7. Remove the bowl from the heat.

8. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugars together until well blended.

9. Whisk in the corn syrup, followed by the vanilla.

10. Whisk in the melted butter and chocolate.

11. Still working with a whisk, gently stir in the dry ingredients, mixing only until they are incorporated.

12. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread until even.

13. Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out almost clean.

14. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool the cake for 15 minutes, then run a blunt knife between the cake and the pan and remove the sides of the pan. Cool the cake to room temperature.

15. When the cake is completely cool, invert it, remove the base of the pan and peel off the paper. Wash and dry the springform pan, and return the cake to it right-side up. Refasten the sides.

16. For the topping: Put the sugar, water and corn syrup in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir just to combine the ingredients, and put the pan over medium-high heat on the stove.

17. Heat, without stirring, until the caramel turns deep amber (mine was the color of light beer….test it on a white plate if you are unsure), about 5 to 10 minutes (depending on your stove and pan). As the sugar is caramelizing, wipe down any splatters on the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water.

18. Lower the heat a bit, and standing back from the saucepan, add the cream and butter. (BE CAREFUL…IT IS HOT AND WILL BUBBLE AGGRESSIVELY.)

19. When the caramel calms down a bit, stir to dissolve any lumps.

20. Add the peanuts and stir.

21. Pour the topping over the cake and spread evenly.

22. Allow the topping to set at room temperature about 20 minutes or so.

23. When ready to serve, run a blunt knife around the edge of the springform pan and remove the sides.



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29 comments:

Christina said...

Ho. Lee. Crap. That looks delicious.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

what a BIRTHDAY CAKE !!!!

LOOKS WONDERFUL....i bet that is one delcious cake....

WOW and YUM !!!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG TECH !!!!

kary and teddy
xxx

Lilac Wolf (Angie or Angela) said...

I swear I have a love-hate relationship with your blog. lol That cake looks delicious and you are talented!

Cottage Tails said...

mm does that does look nice. Hope BT has a good birthday!

Love Leanne NZ

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I bet it tastes just like a Mars bar!

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

I just hate the fact that I have everything on hand to make this cake.

Rosemary Bread was a huge hit at Bible Study today. Everyone wanted the recipe. Heavens knows I didn't have any trouble remembering it.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

I took a break from garden work so I could come in and check on you, but I shouldn't have. MY MOUTH STARTED WATERING as I read this recipe. Wow. The caramel? Yum, but no peanuts for me as I am deathly allergic, but I could see pecans or almond slivers there just as easily.

My girlfriend just made a delicious cake for my Jeff's birthday. Her frosting was melted Kraft caramels heated 'til liquid, then a container of heavy whipping cream added and mixed. Immediately put in refrigerator then whipped up just before serving and iced onto cool cake. WOW.

Love to you and happy b-day to the sweetie pie.

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green island

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

Looks delicious!
I think I´ve eaten something similar but with almonds on the top instead of peanuts, but I guess the taste would be quite different since the peanuts also were salt.

Have a great day!
Christer.

Pricilla said...

I'm thinking the firemen might like this one.
Thanks and a great big:

Maaaa maaamaaa maaa to the Blog Tech
Maaaa maaamaaa maaa to him
Maaaa maaamaaa maaa to the Blog Tech
Maaaa maaamaaa maaa to him!

mecamo said...

Oh my gosh, your cake looks sooooo yummy. I'm also not a big cake lover, but chocolate is my weakness. And all those yummy nuts on the top. We have to try that recipe. Thanks for sharing it !

(>.<)

mecamo said...

Oh, I forgot to ask, do you think I could bake the cake vegan? I can't eat eggs and dairy products?

Mother's Moon's Message said...

although this cake does look yummy, I have to disagree with it being the best cake in the world. As I have found that a homemade tres leche cake is what I would put in this place.

Yum as usual

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Mmmm... that looks delicious. Happy Birthday, Blogtec!

Aurelia said...

Wow that cake looks delicious! Obviously, no calories right? ;)

Suzie said...

Ooooooh, Man!

You know now, that I'm going to HAVE to do a personal bake-off between this one and your Mabon Cake, letting my family judge which one they like better. .I have a feeling that it is going to be a tie!

For someone who doesn't like cake, you sure come up with some awesome renditions!

Suzie said...

P.S.

And a HUGE Happy Birthday to the Blog Tech! We all appreciate you, and all that you do here almost as much as your Mom does! (no one loves a child as much as his Mom!)

the wild magnolia said...

Happy Birthday to The Blog Tech!

Wonderfully easy recipe and it looks delicious!

Thanks for sharing!

xoxo to Teddy Autumn Fluffs!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Cake I like if it's not dry. But I think it's luck if I have a cake that turns out.

Coffee is on.

Millie said...

This is just making me drool all over the keyboard. Chocolate! Please!

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

Wow, I that looks so yummy. I need to get 1 of those mixers. They are so expensive though & we don't have the counter space.

BelladonnasJoy said...

Happy Birthday!! That looks like a soft version of peanut brittle and chocolate cake....neat idea. Enjoy your b'day!!

So you're a Scorpio after all. Any Sagittarius cusp?

Rue said...

Gods - that is a divine looking cake. I would worship at that altar for a while - lol! Nicely done!

Happy Birthday Blog Tech - and many more!

Cheers!

BelladonnasJoy said...

Happy Birthday!! Yummy looking cake.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

That looks gooey delicious! My husband thinks his birthday should be a national holiday and last for a week, I swear.

Happy Birthday to the Blog Tech!

Jennifer Rose said...

happy birthday to the blog tech!

Debbie said...

Now that's quite a cake!! Only 2 bites???? What the?? Happy Birthday to the wonderful photographer and all round good sport and fantastic son (that I can see from here) THE BLOG TECH-A-LICIOUS MAN....Your son!! Whooooooohooooooooooo!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

petoskystone said...

any version of a snickers cake is fine with me.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Mmmmmm...yummy chocolatey and peanut goodness. I LOVE cake! Thanks for sharing. Theresa :)

Birgit said...

Now I give you the Ü, so that the cake gets its proper name -- Übercake! :)

Happy belated Birthday to your son! :)

-- Birgit