Heaven and Hell Cake With Peanut Butter Ganache

Recipe by Mirj2338
READY IN: 1hr 50mins
SERVES: 16
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • ANGEL FOOD CAKE: Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cut a circle of parchment paper or wax paper to fit the bottom of a 9" cake pan.
  • Do not grease the pan or paper.
  • Sift together the flour and powdered sugar and set aside.
  • Place the egg whites in the bowl of a heavy duty mixer.
  • Beat slowly while adding the salt and cream of tartar and continue beating for 1 minute or until soft peaks form.
  • Increase speed to medium, add sugar into whites by tablespoons until all is incorporated, then beat about 1-1/2 minutes longer.
  • When egg whites have stiff peaks, add vanilla and almond extract.
  • Remove bowl from mixer and sprinkle half of the powdered sugar-flour mixture and fold in again, using a minimum number of strokes so the egg whites do not deflate.
  • Gently spoon the mixture into the pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Do not over bake or the cake will sink in the center.
  • DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Oil and flour a round 9-inch cake pan.
  • Sift the cocoa powder into the mixing bowl, then drizzle in the coffee while whisking to make a smooth paste.
  • Set aside.
  • (Might be more liquid than paste) Combine shortening, sugar, vanilla, and eggs and beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Alternately add the cocoa-coffee mixture and the flour mixture to the sugar-egg mixture and continue beating until incorporated.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Test for doneness.
  • PEANUT BUTTER MOUSSE: In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the cream cheese until light and creamy.
  • Gradually beat in the powdered sugar, then the peanut butter.
  • If mixture looks lumpy, add 2 tablespoons of heavy cream.
  • Continue beating until thoroughly incorporated and fluffy.
  • Transfer mixture to another bowl and set aside.
  • Place heavy cream in the electric mixer bowl and whip until stiff.
  • Carefully, but thoroughly, combine both mixtures; set aside.
  • GANACHE (FROSTING): In a saucepan, bring the cream to a boil and stir in the chocolate.
  • Remove from heat, cover pan and let the chocolate melt.
  • Whisk to combine thoroughly then let cool to room temperature.
  • ASSEMBLING HEAVEN AND HELL CAKE: When both cakes have cooled, carefully slice them in half horizontally with a long, serrated knife so that you now have four layers.
  • Place one layer of the devil's food cake on a cake plate and spoon 1/3 of the peanut butter mousse on the top.
  • Place a layer of the angel food on top of the mousse and spread with another 1/3 of the peanut butter.
  • Continue layering until you have four layers of cake and three layers of mousse.
  • Whisk the ganache and spread with a spatula over the top and sides to frost generously.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.
  • Serve chilled; slice with a warm, wet knife.
  • Recipe Tip: slice thinly!
  • It's rich!
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