Saturday morning came around - I had to be out of the house by noon, but I figured I could slam this one out in no time... (For once I was right). Red whippped the batter up in record time -- from scratch, baby. No cake mix for this girl.
Three 8" cake pans lined with parchment paper. That was an inspired idea, I tell you... Because the cakes were only about 1/4" thick and very fragile. They flipped right out. The cake pans were a much-desired Christmas present -- they are made by USA Pan (Located just outside of Pittsburgh). These pans are my absolute favorite. I like that it is an American company and their products are really superior. They have this cool corrugated pattern on the bottom that lets air circulate & cooks stuff through better. My infatuation with these products started with a pie pan...
This recipe took nine layers; I was able to bake three at a time. They were very quick -- only about 12 minutes in the oven + they cooled really fast, which enabled my speed-cake making process. Here are the first three layers (cake, chocolate, Heath bits).
Here we are mid-"ganaching". Can you say "Chocolate..."??? I was told it looked like a bit, fat stack of pancakes. I wasn't going for looks. It was all about the tummy (yummy) factor!
Yes, Virginia, there really are nine layers in this cake. Even more amazing - "fait accompli" in less than two hours... Okay, so the center wasn't picture perfect. I cut into it before it was totally set, since we were in a rush to get out the door. Oh, and don't be jealous of my finest styrofoam plates... It takes a special kind of class to pull that off :-)
The cake turned out very rich - I could only eat half of a sliver. Next time I try this, I am going to try trading out the evaporated milk for 1% to see if that takes down the sweet factor. Both #1 & #2 gave it a thumbs up...
Currently, I have my eye on a "hummingbird cake" (a banana cake with pineapple and other stuff). I am not sure when I will get my "round to it on that one" -- will keep you posted!
Have an excellent, almost spring day.