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Martha's Double Diablo Cake

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MyCookbook Member: MSL
Recipe Category: Dessert
Recipe Preparation Level: moderate
    Ganache is simple to make but exceptionally delicious, it is the result of melting chocolate in heavy cream. Because its consistency depends on how long it cools, it can be used as a glaze or an icing on a cake (see recipe below) or to make truffles. Use the best chocolate available, and always stir it with a rubber spatula rather than a whisk, so it will stay free of bubbles.

    Makes one 12-inch or two 8-inch cakes

    1/2 cup raisins
    1/2 cup Scotch whisky
    1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, plus
    more for pans
    9 tablespoons cake flour, plus more for pans
    14 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
    6 large eggs, separated
    1 1/3 cups sugar
    1 1/3 cups finely ground blanched almonds
    Pinch of salt
    Ganache (recipe follows)
    Edible flowers, for garnish

    1. Combine raisins and whisky in a small bowl. Cover with plastic and let sit, at room temperature, for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

    2. Heat oven to 350. Butter one 12-inch or two 8-inch cake pans; line bottoms with parchment. Butter parchment, and dust pans with flour, making sure to coat pans evenly. Tap out excess flour.

    3. In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, melt chocolate with 1/4 cup water. Add butter a little at a time, stirring until mixture is smooth.

    4. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks with sugar until thick and light.
    Stir in melted chocolate mixture. Add flour, almonds, raisins, and whisky. Stir to combine.

    5. Beat egg whites with salt until stiff, glossy peaks form. Stir one-third of egg whites into chocolate mixture. Gently but thoroughly fold in remaining egg whites. Pour into prepared pans, and smooth top. Bake until just beginning to pull away from sides of pan (the center should remain moist), about 25 minutes. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    6. Place cake on a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack. With an offset spatula, spread an even layer of the thicker ganache over entire cake. Still using the offset spatula, pour remaining half of ganache over cake until completely covered and smooth. Garnish with edible flowers.

    Makes 2 cups

    8 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate
    1 cup heavy cream

    1. On a piece of parchment, finely chop chocolate using a serrated knife; place in a large bowl.

    2. Prepare an ice bath. In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream to a simmer. Remove from heat, and pour over chopped chocolate. Using a rubber spatula, gently stir until chocolate melts. Divide mixture between two heat-proof bowls. Set one aside. Set one bowl over ice bath, and stir until mixture reaches the consistency of toothpaste.

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