Recipe by Lora Schoeder
Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse. I got this from foodtv.com and had to share.
Top Review by ***KissTheCook***
Good Golly, was this good! I made it for our Easter dessert and those that indulged loved it! The compliments were flying my way and I loved every minute of it :) Great cake!
for the cake
- 8 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3⁄4 cup Grand Marnier
for the pudding
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 1⁄2 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup sugar
- 5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
for the ganache
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 1⁄2 lbs semi-sweet chocolate baking squares, chopped
for the garnish
- 11 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Coat two 9 by 2-inch cake pans with butter and coat each with 1 Tablespoon sugar.
- -------------For the cake--------------.
- In a large mixing bowl of a standing mixer, fitted with whisk attachment, combine eggs and 1 cup of sugar.
- Beat on medium-high speed until the mixture is pale yellow, thick, and has tripled in volume, about 8 minutes.
- In a separate mixing bowl sift together the cocoa, flour, and baking powder.
- Fold cocoa mixture into the egg mixture to combine completely, until mixture is smooth.
- Divide cake batter evenly into two cake pans.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched.
- Cool cakes for 15 minutes.
- Loosen cakes from pans and unmold onto wire rack.
- Cool to room temperature.
- -------------For the pudding-------------------.
- Combine 1/2 cup of the cream with the cornstarch in a small bowl and stir to make a paste.
- Combine the paste with remaining 3 1/2 cups cream, sugar, chocolate chips, and vanilla in a large nonstick saucepan.
- Using a wire whisk, stir the mixture until it is well blended.
- Over low heat, whisk cream mixture until chocolate melts thoroughly.
- Cook the mixture, stirring frequently, until it becomes very thick, about 25 minutes.
- Pour pudding into a large bowl.
- Cover with plastic wrap, covering surface of pudding with the plastic to prevent a skin from forming.
- Let cool to room temperature.
- ----------------To assemble the cake----------------.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a wire rack over it.
- Using a serrated knife, cut each cake in half horizontally.
- Brush the tops of three layers each with 1/4 cup of the Grand Marnier.
- Place the bottom layer on a 9-inch round of cardboard and set it on the wire rack.
- Spread 1 1/2 cups of the pudding evenly on top of the layer.
- Top with a second layer of cake.
- Spread 1 1/2 cups of pudding evenly over it.
- Repeat for the third layer.
- Top with the fourth layer.
- Chill in the refridgerator for 2 hours.
- ----------------For the ganache-------------.
- In a medium-sized nonstick saucepan over medium heat, heat cream just under boiling point.
- Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate.
- With a whisk, stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.
- Pour ganache over the top of chilled cake, allowing overflow to drip down the sides.
- Cool slightly.
- Carefully remove the cake from the wire rack.
- Chill for at least 6 hours.
- -----------For the garnish-------------.
- In a medium-sized saucepan, add 3-inches of water.
- Boil water and reduce to a simmer.
- Place semisweet chips in a stainless steel bowl and place bowl over simmering water.
- Stir chocolate until melted to a smooth consistency.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread melted chocolate evenly across sheet.
- Chill in refrigerator until set, about 1 hour.
- Break the chocolate into large shard-like pieces.
- Place chocolate shards on top of the cake vertically at various angles.
- Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.