Friday, October 05, 2012

Brooklyn Blackout Chocolate Cake

Dengan seadanya ini lah yang mampu mama sediakan kek birthday bujang sulung yang turned 17th years old on the 2nd October yang lalu...Macam biasa CHOCOLATE ya!!!!..hehe..memang tak  jauh dari chocolate..Tercari cari juga recipe apa yang harus kita gunakan for his birthday this time...Ingatkan nak buat Triple Chocolate Caramel Cake macam 2 tahun lepas, then my mum suggested Rainbow Velvet Cake aka Red Velvet Cake, tapi macam biasa jugalah, kita nak try something new and here it is Brooklyn Blackout Chocolate Cake..

Instead of baking just a normal 1 cake, this time, kita baked 3 tiers cake just to give the dynamic impression(banyak punya dynamic kan ..heheh)..(Perkataan tu  reminded me when I used to present my booth designs in front of my clients to buy the idea..terus client sign the contract cebah lepas tu revisions punya banyak..heheh)..

Anyway, back to the cake..this time juga,with my limited knowledge, I just couldnt find the idea how to decorate a birthday cake for a 17 years old young man..I was stucked at the baking ingredients shop for almost  2 hours just to find items, knick knacks or any decorative tips and products that I can use to decorate the cake..I bought myself some readymade fondant and the above curly candy..In my head maybe I could use the fondant to make some stars protruding out from the cake, you know just to make the cake looked 'fun' ..sekali bila dah siap keknya, ini ajelah yang mampu kita fikirkan..wakakaka...

The cake was very nice, moist, soft and spongy..As usual I reduced the sugar amount in each ingredients.. only I did not get the chocolate pudding filling right as mine was very diluted and even after whisking, boiling and putting it in the refrigerator overnight, the pudding is not thicken and cant be like curah souplah gitu..hahaha..
The good news is walaupun dicurah for the filling to be sandwiched in between the sliced layers cakes, it made the cake more & more moist..partnering wth the delicious chocolate fudge..Anyhow..Hasif kept coming back for more slices which he did not usually do that for the past few chocolate cakes(maybe due to bored of chocolate cakes already) that I made.. 
Thank you to Tish Boyle for this wonderful recipe..I hope you dont mind, as I would like to share it here for others to try it too..:)

Brooklyn Blackout Chocolate Cake
Adapted from Brooklyn Blackout Cupcakes
Makes 22 cupcakes
Sources :-From Tish Boyle Sweet Dreams
Tries & Tested:- Ayu@curlybabesatisfaction
Chocolate Pudding Filling:(Ayu need to trial out again for this next time)
4 large egg yolks
2/3 cup (4.6 oz/132 g) granulated sugar-(Ayu used 66g)
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch-(Next time maybe add 1 more tbsp)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup (240 ml) water-(Next time maybe should use 3/4 cup only)
2/3 cup (160 ml) heavy cream-(Ayu used whipping cream)
3 ounces (85 g) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Blackout Cupcakes:
(Ayu doubled the ingredients below for a 3 tier cake 8", 6" & 4")
1 1/2 cups (6.4 oz/181 g) all-purpose flour
1 cup (2.9 oz/85 g) non-alkalized cocoa powder-(Ayu used Valrhona cocoa powder)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups (14 oz/400 g) granulated sugar-(Ayu used 13/4 cups although I doubled the rest)
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk
1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz/113 g) unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (240 ml) hot brewed coffee-(Ayu used 1 tbsp nescafe + 1 cup hot water)

Fudgy Chocolate Frosting:
4 1/2 ounces (127 g) unsweetened chocolate, chopped (I use Scharffen Berger)-(Ayu used Hershey's)
4 1/2 ounces (127 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks/12 oz/340 g) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups (12.16 oz/345 g) confectioners’ sugar-(Ayu only used 13/4 cups)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Make the Chocolate Pudding Filling:
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt at medium speed until pale, about 1 minute.
2. In a medium, heavy saucepan, combine the water and cream, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk about 1/2 of the hot cream mixture into the yolk mixture.  Whisk this mixture into the remaining cream mixture in the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Continue to boil, whisking, for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the chocolate until it is completely melted. Pass the filling through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl. Stir in the vanilla extract. Cover the surface of the pudding with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until chilled.

Make the Chocolate Blackout Cupcakes:
3. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the granulated sugar and, using the paddle attachment, mix at low speed until blended.
5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolk, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. While mixing the dry ingredients at low speed, add the egg mixture in a steady steam. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, then beat at medium speed for 1 minute, until well blended. Add the hot coffee at low speed, mixing just until blended. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand and stir the batter from the bottom of the bowl a few times to thoroughly blend the batter. Scrape the batter into the prepared cups, dividing it evenly. Bake the cupcakes for 30 to 35 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes on a wire rack.

Make the Fudgy Chocolate Frosting:
6. Put both chocolates in a medium stainless steel bowl and place the bowl over a pot of barely simmering water. Heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove the bowl from over the pot and set the chocolate aside to cool until tepid. 
7. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy, about 30 seconds. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and beat at high speed for 2 minutes, until light and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the cooled chocolate at low speed, mixing until blended and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Increase the speed to high and beat for 1 minute, until slightly aerated. Use the frosting immediately, or cover well and keep at room temperature for up to 3 hours before using. 
Assemble the cupcakes:
8. Set aside two of the cupcakes to make crumbs out of. Using a paring knife, cut a cone-shaped piece from the center of each remaining cupcake and remove it. Cut off the bottom of the cone and set aside with the reserved two cupcakes. Keep the circle-shaped top of the cupcake. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a medium plain tip (such as Ateco #4) with the chilled pudding. Pipe some pudding into the center of each cupcake, and then replace its top.
9. Process the two reserved cupcakes and bottom part of the cake cones in a food processor to form crumbs.
10. Spread the top of each cupcake with a generous amount of the frosting (you can pipe it on if you prefer). Sprinkle the frosting on each cupcake with a generous amount of the crumbs. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. These cupcakes are best served the day they are made.


zila norazila said...

salam syg kak ayu,
heppy belated bthday wt ank akk tue...dh besor dah kan..smoga jadi ank yg membahagiakan ibu dan bapa..aminn..kek mantapp tu kak..deco simple tapi menarik..mesti sedap tue..:)

JUICY CAFE said...

sisssssssss so cuteee..semuanya's very interesting..n happy belated birthday for ur son..

ady said...

as-salam kak ayu

that cake looks utterly incredible..

kucingorengemok said...

sedar tak sedar, dah jadi anak bujaaaang dah (spoken like an old lady, heh heh)

Mas said...

perhh...tingginya kek...
cayalah akak...

rostina76 said...

so tempting la k.ayu ur 3 tier cake!!!!btw happy 17th bday young man...

Mat Gebu said...

Pengggsannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn >___<....kak, saya mula2 ingat tajuk movie baru...hahaha...

ijayuji said...

Salam mama ayuuuuuu!!! Oh! Mu pakwe besday how come makwe boleh lupa niii??? Makwe tak lupa tp mama ayu yg lmbt update kikiki... Happy besday to uuuu, doanya semoga dipermudahkan segala urusannya dunia n akhirat n semoga membesar dgn sihat juga :))

MamaFaMi said...

Happy belated birthday to your eldest son. Sama pulak birthdate dengan my youngest son. 2nd October, 1995. Pergh siap buat 3 tiers cake lagi. Esok kalau anak tu kahwin, tak tahu berapa tierlah mama dia buatkan nanti... hehehe...

Ayu said...

zila - walkslm, thank you zila..insyaallah mudah2han begitu juga buat anak2 zila ya..
alhamdullilah kek sedap zila..:)

Ayu said...

juicy cafe - walkslm, sisssssss..biasalh kat rumah ni mesti nak coklat juga..orang datang blog ni pun naik boring asik kek coklat ajekan..hehe thank you sis for the wishes tu ya..

Ayu said...

ady - walkslm, thank you ady..your cake to look incredibly delicous..:)

Ayu said...

kucingorengemok - betul tu kog, the last time, akak start blogging rasanya macam kecik lagi dia kan dengan gambar2 time baby ..hehe ..u r still young dear..lain lah akak ni orang dah panggil makcik kalau kat luar tu..huhu:(

Ayu said...

mas - heheh..tak pandai nak deco so tutup line kita naikkan dia aje..haha

Ayu said...

rostina - hahah..thank you dear for the wishes tu ya..

Ayu said...

mat gebu - wakakaka..che mat brooklyn blackout tu macam gempak gitu kan..hahah padahal kek biasa2 aje..hahaha..

Ayu said...

ijayuji - walkslm, hahah tulah apalah makwe ni pakwe punya birthday tak tahu ya..CANCEL lagi sekali macam ni..hahaha..terimaksih ya ika for the wishes mudah2han insyallah juga buat anak2 ika ya..

Ayu said...

mamafami - thank you mama, oh ya ke kebetulan betul tu kan..could be character sama juga kot, ini beranak siang ke malam?..hahah..alahai ma, kita buat 3 tiers just to let people forget about the deco for a while..hahaha..kalau esok anak nak kahwin..mama order aje dgn CAKE BOSS kat tv tu aje..wakakakak..iyoler tu kan..uish tak boleh kahwin dulu belajar kasi habis dulu dan kerja kasi mama duit dulu baru boleh kahwin..hahaha

inahar ali said...

wowww..tgk nama kek pun dh kan pulak rasa kek tu kan ayu..mesti meletoppskan..huhuu!!

♥♥azatiesayang ♥♥ said...

salam K.Ayu..ngancamnya kek tu.Klu dekat mau atie nk tapau berpotong2....:D

happy balated birthday tuk anak bujang k.Ayu ya.

aeinio said...

menariknya blackout.. hihihihi

izahdaut said...

sangat menggoda kek akak ni.. akak yang saya ingat mmg suke try kek kek baru.. dan semuanya nampak tempting n menjadi jek..

Anonymous said...

Salam DikAyu..Happy belated birthday to yr son...Wish him all the best...Wah..yr cake look gorges n tempting kalau dapat rasa lagi best...3 tingkat lagi...atleast Ayu try out new cake for yr son...Ksal...

Ayu said...

inahar ali - heheh..tak adalah sampai meletop puan doctor..nyaya tu..heheh
cuma blackout ajelah lepas makan tu.wakaka..

Ayu said...

azatie - walkslm, terimakasih atie for the wishes..betul kalau dekat akak kasi 10 potong cukup tak..hehe

Ayu said...

aenio - hahah..blackout current shot kot..heheh

Ayu said...

izahdaut - terimaksih izah..bukan apa, akak saja nak cuba recipe baru sebab nak simpan recipe2 ni untuk rujukan dimasa akan datang, so that akak ada varieties of chocolate cake yang telah dicuba...just for the records aje izah..hehe..
part deco tu tak boleh lah lawan orang2 yang expert tukan..still struggling ni..hehe

Ayu said...

kak sal - walkslm, terimaksih kak sal for the wishes for my son tu ya..3 tingkat pun just. wanna try kak..hehe....alhamdullilah kek ni kena dgn selera kami..Hasif, nampaknya makan kek ni for breakfast everyday sampai habis kak..kalau tak susah juga dia nak makan kek2 coklat sebab dah jelak katanya..hehe

Meatloaf Recipes said...

Sounds delicious for this recipe! It's make me so hungry! I can't wait to eat this :)

anna said...

Wah dh bujang anak awak ayu. Moga jd anak yg soleh dan berjaya di dunia dan akhirat. Amin.

Ayu said...

anna - terimakasih anna, insyaallah mudah2han..amin..:)

Ayu said...

meatloaf - thank you meatloaf, by the way, can i know what type of web are you?..