No dessert menu is complete without a delicious rendition of chocolate cake, and chefs are taking liberties to spice up every slice.
This article first appeared in the 1 December 2008 issue of Restaurants & Institutions (R&I).
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By Allison Perlik, Senior Editor
Chocolate Indulgence (pictured above)
Oak Steakhouse, Charleston, S.C. This six-layer treat from Chef Brett McKee alternates bands of devil's-food cake (spiced with cinnamon and cloves) and silky chocolate buttercream. The ganache coating is made with couverture, a professional-quality chocolate known for its glossy finish. A shot glass of ice-cold milk adds whimsy to the presentation.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Iowa State University, Ames This cake was designed to commemorate the opening of the school's Christian Petersen Art Museum. Eggs and sugar are whisked together over a boiling water bath and then whipped until cool. Melted chocolate and whipped cream are folded in before baking. The garnish is inspired by a piece of artwork on campus.
Chocolate-Lavender Ganache Cake
Jack in the Box, multiple locations Made rich with cocoa powder and instant espresso, Pastry Chef Molly Harding's cake is filled and frosted with whipped, lavender-infused ganache. More of the ganache is warmed and poured over the cooled cake, creating a sleek, shiny glaze; lavender-honey whipped cream and a drizzle of lavender honey complement each slice.
Chocolate Overload Cake
Jack in the Box, multiple locations. These petite bundt-style cakes, which sell for less than $2, ranked among the San Diego-based quick-service chain's most-popular menu introductions last year. The recipe combines dark European and double-Dutch cocoas with bittersweet chocolate chips. Chocolate-buttercream frosting gives the cakes an extra sweet touch.
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