Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mexican Chocolate Cake

I don't know what makes this cake mexican-I just know it's delicious and super rich.  When Michelle made it for us there were no nuts-definitely what I prefer.

Mexican Chocolate Cake 
Recipe from Michelle Chapman (in my ward)

2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 C Water
2 C granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 C well-shaken buttermilk
2 TBS vanilla
2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

2 C chopped pecans
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1/2 C half and half
1/2 C confectioners sugar
5 oz. fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened) finely chopped
(Michelle’s note:  I like to use Ghirardelli’s Double Chocolate chips here.)
1/4 tsp salt

Make Cake:
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 deg F.  Butter cake pan well and dust with flour, knocking out excess.

Melt butter in a 3 qt heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, then whisk in coca,.  Add water and whisk until smooth, then remove from heat.  Whisk in separately sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla.

Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a bowl, then sift again into cocoa mixture and whisk until just combined (don't worry if there are lumps).

Pour batter in cake pan and bake until a wooden pick or skewer comes out with a few crumbs adhering, 45-55 minutes.  (Leave oven on)

Cool cake in pan on a rack 20 minutes, then loosen edges with a thin knife and invert onto a plate.

Make Glaze:
Spread pecans in 1 layer in a shallow baking pan (1 inch deep) and bake until fragrant and a shade darker, 6-8 min.  Cool pecans slightly in pan on a rack, about 5 minutes.

Melt butter in a 2 qt. heavy saucepan over low heat, then stir in half-and-half and confectioners sugar.  Add chocolate and cook, stirring, until smooth.  Remove from heat and stir in pecans and salt.  Cool glaze until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Spoon glaze over top and sides of cake (cake will still be warm) and spread with a small offset spatula or knife to cover completely.

Cook's note:
Cake (with glaze) can be made 2 days ahead and kept at room temperature in a cake keeper or covered with an inverted bowl.


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