The combination of natural and Dutch-processed cocoa powder, coffee, and mild honey gives this cake an incredibly moist texture and an intense, complex, and very grown-up chocolate flavor. Making the cake layers ahead allows the flavors to develop, and making the ganache ahead gives it time to firm up to the perfect texture for spreading.
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Make Ahead Tips
For the best spreading texture, the ganache should be made 8 to 24 hours ahead. Keep covered at room temperature.
For the best flavor and texture, the cake should be made at least 1 day before serving. To store at room temperature, wrap each completely cooled layer tightly in 2 layers of plastic wrap and store for up to 2 days.
Up to 10 hours before serving, fill and frost the cake. Keep the cake at room temperature, covered with a dome, until ready to serve.
The cake layers can be frozen for up to 2 weeks: Transfer each completely cooled unfrosted layer to a 10-inch cardboard cake round and wrap tightly in 2 layers of plastic wrap, then in foil, and freeze. Up to 15 hours before serving, remove the foil but not the plastic wrap from the cake layers and thaw at room temperature. When completely thawed, unwrap, fill, and frost the cake.
If you plan to travel with this cake, it’s easier to transport if it’s refrigerated, uncovered, until the ganache is firm. To aid transport, assemble the cake on a cardboard cake round and transfer it to a covered cake carrier once it’s firm. When you arrive at your destination, put the cake on a serving plate and allow it to come to room temperature before slicing.
Loved this cake!!! I agree that the frosting needed to go into the refrigerator to come to spreadable consistency. The cake is rich. Excellent! Easy to make. Delicious!
A very good cake, moist and very chocolaty. It's somewhat time consuming, but easy to make--although I also needed to add extra chocolate to my ganache. This won't be the last chocolate cake I ever try, and if I were to make it again, I would spread a layer of strawberry guava jam on the first layer before the ganache.
The best cake ever ever ever
Excellent cake. For those who, like me, couldn't find a 10" pan, this will make 3 9" layers. At 9", takes about 35 minutes to cook, and watch it like a hawk! Also, this ganache is beyond delicious.
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