Tuesday, June 22, 2010

TWD - Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake


It’s been a while, but at long last here is a TWD post! This week’s recipe is dressy chocolate loaf cake and was chosen by Amy of Amy Ruth Bakes. I was looking forward to making this recipe as I thought it may have been reminiscent of both the chocolate banana loaf which was a TWD recipe and was perhaps one of my favourite TWD recipes, and also a chocolate loaf cake in Nigella Lawson’s book, Feast, which is just divine. Unfortunately, I didn’t really think that this loaf cake was as good as either of those recipes.


I halved the recipe for the loaf cake to make 6 mini loaves and they may have been my mistake. No-one else probably noticed, but to me they were too cakey and not dense enough – I think I was after something a bit more fudgey. The dressy part of the recipe is that the loaf cake was then split into three, filled with cherry jam, re-assembled and then covered in a chocolate and sour cream glaze. To be honest, the highlight for me was the glaze – I loved how glossy the sour cream made the chocolate and even though I had slightly over heated my chocolate, I kept stirring like Dorie said to and the glaze came together beautifully. I also liked how the sour cream made a slightly less rich topping than usual ganache.
This cake was nice, but I don’t think it had any WOW factor. See what the other TWDers thought here.

7 comments:

Food.Baby said...

Such a shame you didn't really enjoy it Tammy. We loved it! Great to see you back blogging :-)

Jess said...

Well, it certainly looks good! Welcome back to TWD! And congratulations again on your baby. I think I know which Nigella recipe you're referring to - and that one is so much better, I agree.

Cakelaw said...

Your frosting looks lovely! This is the part that really didn't work that well for me, but I didn't have enough ingredients to do it properly.

Peggy said...

Oh, and your frosting looks delicious!

Peggy said...

Sorry you didn't love it. We did. I can't wait to make another one and try to get it to look pretty this next time!

TeaLady said...

funny, cause mine was dense. I was really skeptical about the frosting, but it was really really good.

Glad to see you back with us at TWD.

jillbert said...

Welcome back! Someone else mentioned a Nigella loaf cake too - I'll have to check that one out. I liked this cake, but it wasn't a huge success.