Ever since the book about a rich man with singular tastes and unconventional desires, we started representing things in the number of shades they take. Usually 50. Some things are worth shading and layering more than others. In 4 layers. Which is another even number.
Like this gorgeous chocolate cake that glorifies chocolate as the queen of all sweets.
I got this recipe from my former colleague’s aunt. She baked fabulous cakes for many traditional Croatian events, such as christenings, weddings, Christmas, Easter, anniversaries and birthdays. I was lucky enough to get some of her recipes to share with you 😀
Which makes you lucky also!
Now that you know what you’re in for, we can get our hands shaded. This recipe comes in two parts, so make sure you read both when getting the ingredients. You wouldn’t want to miss 3 of the 4 shades, would you? 😉
Ingredients (cake, cream is bellow)
- 3 eggs divided
- 150 g baking chocolate (around 70% cocoa)
- 70 g butter
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
Melt chocolate with butter with a double-boiler on steam.
With electric mixer beat egg whites until stiff.
Beat egg yolks with sugar until foamy, add melted chocolate and mix until combined.
Add flour and stiff egg whites with spatula and mix by hand until combined.
Pour the batter in a round baking mould 26 cm (10 inch) wide.
Bake in a preheated oven on 160 °C (320 °F).
- 500 g mascarpone cheese
- 2 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar
- 500 ml whipped cream
- 100 g white chocolate
- 100 g milk chocolate
- 100 g dark chocolate (I used 45% cocoa)
Melt each chocolate with a double-boiler on steam or in microwave.
Beat whipped cream until whipped.
Mix mascarpone cheese with sugar and mix in whipped cream.
Divide the mascarpone batter in three equal parts.
In each part mix in different melted chocolate. Mix each batter by hand with spatula until combined.
On a cooled cake first spread dark chocolate cream, then milk chocolate cream and on top, white chocolate cream.
Chill well, preferably over night.
Pro tip: don’t make it hungry 😀