What's funny to me is the serendipity of life because recently I've been brewing up a lot of Earl Grey Tea with Chocolate flakes, and it was perfect for this cake. For the ganache I used an orange/lemon black tea and it imparted a sultry/citrusy flavour. Together, this chocolate cake has such interesting and delightful flavours, it's indescribable.
Earl Grey and Chocolate Tea from David's Teas
- Being that my friend Karen was celebrating her birthday (and me too), I carted the cake up to her BEAUTIFUL four season "cottage" on a clean, clear tranquil frozen lake (this is no slouchy place) and served it while playing a game of cards. The cake was warmly and enthusiastically received. After all, how often does someone bring you a beautiful chocolate genoise, syruped with black tea and covered with a citrusy chocolate ganache? It was a real treat.
CHOCOLATE GENOISE BATTER
- I've had those little hard chocolate seeds develop in the baked genoise. Is this technique a way to avoid them? Very interesting.
BEAT THE EGGS AND SUGAR
- I always fight my tendency to take for granted adding sugar to eggs. I mean that I often walk away from the eggs when they are beating and this has proven to be a mistake time and again. It's possible to beat whole eggs way past their firm stage and when I do this, the batter doesn't fold well and becomes very fragile in the oven. Now I never take my eyes off whipping eggs.
- Fold in the chocolate and flour mixture into the eggs.
BAKING AND UNMOLDING THE CAKES
- The cakes baked in the shortest time period and literally fell out of the pans (intact) leaving the parchment behind, so I couldn't keep the parchment in place.
- When they were cool, I wrapped the two layers and refrigerated them overnight. I find working with cold cakes is much easier than when they are at room temperature.
MAKING THE TEA GANACHE
- I don't typically make chocolate ganache in my food processor, but because I used 33.3 grams of tea (!!! I didn't get the memo that this was a typo). Still, the tea strained out easily and imparted a gorgeous brightness to the chocolate. Really. I loved it.
- COMPOSE THE CAKE
- The ganache was luscious and smoothed onto the cake super easily.
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