Round One Cocoa Chiffon Cake

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cocoa Chiffon Cake
Cocoa Chiffon Cake with fresh whipped-in-the-lunchroom cream

Wednesday night.
Day before March Madness starts with Round One!
It was time to bring out the Good Luck Bruin chocolate.

I borrowed the book Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate by Robert Steinberg & John Scharffenberger (of Scharffen Berger fame) from the library. This recipe for Cocoa Chiffon Cake was contributed by Flo Braker (page 137).

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Folding the egg whites into the chocolate batter

Cocoa Chiffon Cake
Fresh from the oven

I used Dutch-processed cocoa to make this cake as the instruction just say "2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder." Later, I read more of the book (with descriptions of cocoa production and processing) and came across a section that said natural cocoa is better than Dutch-processed. Um, I realized later it was probably a major cooking faux pas to use Valrhona chocolate instead of Scharffen Berger chocolate in a book written by Scharffenberger! Oops.

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After removal from the oven, chiffon cake needs to cool hanging upside down. Usually, you can hang the cake over a glass bottle. But my bottle of soda that I picked up at BevMo didn't fit (although the beverage was quite tasty so it wasn't a complete waste). I found a large old funnel in the garage and wrapped it in foil. It totally looked like a massive Hershey's kiss!

At work, I brought some cream, sugar, vanilla and my old-school electric handheld mixer to make some fresh whipped cream. Although I whipped it a little beyond soft peaks... One co-worker said the cake with whipped cream was like eating a chocolate cloud. :)

I found the recipe online - this one says to use natural cocoa!

P.S. Bruins won the first round 70-29. Next up, Texas A&M on Saturday night. Go Bruins!
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tooknap press said... [Reply to comment]

well done!

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