Boca Negra. Think dark chocolate with white chocolate cream on top. Then add bourbon to both. Can you say “yum”?
I really did not think I would like the addition of bourbon, at least not without letting the cake sit for a day or so. I once made a banana cake with a rum buttercream and it definitely needed a few days for the rum flavor to mellow. So when this recipe encouraged you to eat the cake immediately after baking, I was skeptical that I would like it.
The recipe can be found in the book Baking with Julia. The Tuesdays with Dorie host this time is Cathy of A Frederick Food Garden. The recipe can be found on her blog.
I used Guittard white chocolate and Jim Beam bourbon to make the white chocolate cream. This was made the day before and refrigerated. Then I used Valrhona 68% dark chocolate for the cake.
First I chopped up the dark chocolate and placed it in a metal bowl.
I thought this would keep the mixture warm after adding the hot bourbon, so that the butter would melt better when added. That really did not work and I ended up making a double boiler of the bowl on top of a pot of simmering water.
(Notice the aluminum foil “wallpaper”? Pretty, huh? We haven’t finished sealing our new backsplash, so the foil is there for protection.)
My daughter L was a big help with cutting the little pieces of butter to be added into the chocolate/bourbon mixture. She was very careful handling the knife.
After the butter was melted into the chocolate, we whipped up the eggs with sugar. The kids really got involved with the whipping and stirring.
This was then poured into a prepared 9″ cake pan and placed into a larger pan with water. The cake is baked like a pudding; in a water bath.
And it unmolds like a pudding too. That would be my only criticism. It does not keep it’s shape like a flour cake.
Does it look like we enjoyed it? Yep. That night, the kids and I decided to have dessert first. Needless to say, we did not eat much dinner after that. It was so rich. The white chocolate cream on top was a heavenly addition.
I wish I had taken a good picture of the cake on my plate, but I did not. So, to end this blog today, I am posting pictures from the circus we went to yesterday. It was the first time the kids saw a circus. Their eyes and mouths were agape the whole time. They loved it. So did I.