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Inside-Out German Chocolate Cake (Gourmet 2000) posted by nlb

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Posted to Thread #11 at 5:37 pm on Dec 18, 2005

Here it is. I hope you enjoy this beautiful cake.
This is a good lookin' cake and not too difficult to achieve. One techinique of this cake simplifies carmelization of sweetened condensed milk we have all be talking about and, to me, worth trying. This cake should appease some chocolate cravings!

The chef uses Valrhona cocoa powder in her cake, but other Dutch-process cocoa powders work equally well.

The filling is made from sweetened condensed milk that is cooked in a water bath in the oven until it caramelizes. While the milk is baking, you can prepare your glaze.

Inside-Out German Chocolate Cake
For cake layers
1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c plus 1 T unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
3/4 t baking powder
3/4 t baking soda
3/4 t salt
3/4 c whole milk
6 T unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
3/4 t pure vanilla extract
1/8 t almond extract
3/4 c boiling hot water

For filling
7 oz sweetened flaked coconut
4 oz coarsely chopped pecans (1 cup)
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 T pure vanilla extract

For glaze
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
10 oz fine-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 T light corn syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and oil 3 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms of pans with rounds of parchment or wax paper.

Sift together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together whole milk, butter, whole egg, yolk, vanilla, and almond extract in another large bowl until just combined. Beat egg mixture into flour mixture with an electric mixer on low speed, then beat on high speed 1 minute. Reduce speed to low and beat in water until just combined (batter will be thin). Divide batter among cake pans (about 1 1/2 cups per pan) and bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of pans and rotating them 180 degrees halfway through baking, until a tester comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes total.

Cool layers in pans on racks 15 minutes. Run a thin knife around edges of pans and invert layers onto racks. Carefully remove parchment or wax paper and cool layers completely.

Make filling
Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Spread coconut in a large shallow baking pan and pecans in another. Bake pecans in upper third of oven and coconut in lower third, stirring occasionally, until golden, 12 to 18 minutes. Remove pans from oven.

Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F.

Pour condensed milk into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate and over tightly with foil. Bake milk in a water bath in middle of oven 45 minutes. Refill baking pan with water to reach halfway up pie plate and bake milk until thick and brown, about 45 minutes more. Remove pie plate from water bath.

Stir in coconut, pecans, and vanilla and keep warm, covered with foil.

Make glaze while milk is baking:
Melt butter in a 3 quart saucepan. Remove from heat and add chocolate and corn syrup, whisking until chocolate is melted. Transfer 1 cup glaze to a bowl, reserving remaining glaze at room temperature in pan. Chill glaze in bowl, stirring occasionally, until thickened and spreadable, about 1 hour.

Assemble cake:
Put 1 cake layer on a rack set over a baking pan (to catch excess glaze). Drop half of coconut filling by spoonfuls evenly over layer and gently spread with a wet spatula. Top with another cake layer and spread with remaining filling in same manner. Top with remaining cake layer and spread chilled glaze evenly over top and side of cake. Heat reserved glaze in pan over low heat, stirring, until glossy and pourable, about 1 minute. Pour glaze evenly over top of cake, making sure it coats sides. Shake rack gently to smooth glaze.

Chill cake until firm, about 1 hour.

Transfer cake to a plate.

Cook's Notes:

Cake keeps, covered and chilled, 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
For easier handling when assembling cake, place bottom layer on a cardboard round or the removable bottom of a tart of cake pan.
Serves 12
Cover recipe, Gourmet March 2000, page 40
Adapted from Bridge Street Bakery in Waitsfield, Vermont

Active time 1 1/2 hr; Start to finish: 4 1/2 hr

nlb



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