Flour Bakery Yellow Birthday Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Flour Bakery - Yellow Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Ganache Frosting
Flour Bakery Yellow Birthday Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Ganache Frosting

My friend Rosie came over to bake! We were supposed to bake together...but somehow I ended up making Jello (that post is coming soon), lying on the couch, eating Red Vines and watching Top Gear. Anyway, I took photos of Rosie making a cake in my kitchen. That's close enough, no?

Flour Bakery - Yellow Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Ganache Frosting
Rosie's been on the blog in the past (Lessons from a Pastry Chef and Challah) and is a recent graduate of the Baking and Pastry Arts program at the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. She's heading back to finish her BS degree in a couple weeks...and guess who's going to Parent's Weekend?! Road Trip! (Well, JetBlue red eye trip to be exact). My friend Helen (Rosie's mom) and I are going to J&W Family Weekend in early October. I've known Rosie since she was three years old, picked her up from pre-school, been the emergency contact on her school forms, and watched her grow up - so I earned my place at Family Weekend! Can't wait to see Rosie in situ at her college. We have other day trips planned too...more on that later. ;)

Flour Bakery - Yellow Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Ganache Frosting
I've made Flour Bakery's Yellow cake in the past (cupcake form) and I did make the ganache for the frosting. But frosting it? Rosie did all that...while watching Top Gear. Somehow, it took us all day to make this cake, but I'm sure if you are more efficient than us, you will get this done in a jiffy.

Flour Bakery Yellow Cake collage 2
We had about one cup of frosting remaining. We planned to pipe a nice border, but time got away from us and we needed to head out. I dropped off a slice to my friend JustJenn and she said it needed more frosting. I hate frosting so I thought she was crazy (hee hee)...but you might want to use all the frosting.

Flour Bakery - Yellow Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Ganache Frosting
We decided to put little ball decorations on the edges - chocolate balls, pearl balls from NY Cake Company, and silver nonpareils dragees. These silver balls aren't sold in California due to a lawsuit so my friend Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet mailed me some from the East Coast. Thanks Mary!

Flour Bakery - Yellow Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Ganache Frosting
Anyone would love this for their birthday!!

Flour Bakery - Yellow Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Ganache Frosting
Cidney the Girl Dog helped (?) out too by just being cute.

Thanks Rosie for coming over and baking! And thanks for helping me reorganize that pesky junk drawer in the kitchen. See you at Family Weekend at Johnson & Wales!

Joanne Chang has very detailed directions in her book. You should really purchase the book Flour Bakery because it is way awesome, or get the book at your library. The Daily Meal posted the recipe.
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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Jell-o, Red Vines and Top Gear. I'm fairly convinced we might be related, somehow. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting is the quintessential classic favorite of mine, and my birthday just happens to be coming up.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous cake! But the big news - you're coming to RI??? It sounds like you've got a lot on your plate, but I'd love to meet up with you if possible.

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

Looks amazing Mary! I just finished lunc a a BIG slice of this would be just perfect right now.

Sue/the view from great island said... [Reply to comment]

Anything with chocolate ganache is tops in my opinion. Can't wait to try this...and since it's my husband's birthday today, that might just have to be tonight!

The Path Traveled said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful and dainty! I love Chocolate! Cute dog too.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

That is a stunning cake. And how cool that you get to go to family weekend!

Mommyof2girlz/StephD said... [Reply to comment]

That looks like a perfect cake, yummy and beautiful!

Shannon Riley said... [Reply to comment]

That is such a pretty cake, looks delicious! :D

Nutmeg Nanny said... [Reply to comment]

This is such a beautiful looking cake!

Jennie said... [Reply to comment]

I made this cake and I think I found the birthday cake of my dreams. It was so good! However, my frosting was not nearly as beautiful as Rosie's! Cidney is a cutie pie!

justJENN said... [Reply to comment]

I ate those silver ballz and now I'm going to die!!!! Not really.
Deeelish cake. I ate all the frosting off.

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, that cake has a beautiful crumb to it. It must be one incredible recipe.

Sashquatch said... [Reply to comment]

A lovely cake and sounds like you had a lovely day too :) fluffy frosting...is there anything better! I will gladly dispose of the leftovers for you.. :)

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

This cake looks lovely! I love that this is totally the sort of classic cake I would make from a mix, but with real ingredients. :)

Di said... [Reply to comment]

That's gorgeous! Yellow cake with chocolate frosting is a favorite of mine. And lucky for me, I have a copy of Flour. This one is definitely going on my to-make-soon list.

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

So beautiful. My favorite kind of cake

Elina (Russian Bites) said... [Reply to comment]

I have the book and have loved everything I've made from it so far. This cake looks absolutely gorgeous! I actually prefer the little pearl balls to the traditional frosting swirls. Can Rosie come over my house and bake? lol

Kathy - Panini Happy said... [Reply to comment]

I've tried this recipe once so far and have already declared it the best yellow cake ever. You girls did a fabulous job with this one!

kyleen said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful! It's amazing how you can make something as simple as a simple yellow cake with chocolate ganache and frosting sound so delish.

Monica h said... [Reply to comment]

This is a simple and beautiful cake. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting is so classic and reminds me of when I was a kid, albeit that cake cake from a box.

I think this is the perfect amount of frosting, btw. :-)

myfudo said... [Reply to comment]

Great! so indulging and delicately done. I want to have this for our anniversary.

Clivia said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous cake! I've taken the recipe and hope to get to it soon.

susan said... [Reply to comment]

Mary - this is gorgeous. I have a recipe that calls for a yellow cake mix - but dont want to use the mix. I am going to try this (using your dry ingredients) and I will let you know how it turns out!

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