The fluffiest cake in the world deserves a thick, rich ganache icing. A cup of seriously strong coffee added to the batter perks up the chocolate and cuts the sweetness. Coffee is for closers. I adapted this recipe from a Food & Wine magazine entry that was way too sweet for my taste. After dinner, always be closing.
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup canola oil
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup coffee
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ⅓ heavy cream
- ½ tablespoon light corn syrup
- ½ tablespoon butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a Bundt pan with canola oil. Do not coat with flour. In a small pan, melt 3 ounces of the chocolate chips over low heat. Scrape into a bowl and let cool, about 5 minutes. Add the oil and sugar and stir until smooth. Whisk in the egg.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the chocolate mixture along with the coffee and buttermilk. Mix until smooth.
- Pour the batter into the Bundt pan and bake for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs on it. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then turn it out and let cool completely.
- In a small pan, boil the cream. In a heat resistant bowl, combine the remaining 3 ounces of chocolate chips with the corn syrup and butter. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate mix and wait about 5 minutes until melted. Combine until smooth and dark. Cool the glaze, about 5 minutes then pour it over the cooled cake. Let stand for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Pair with a smokey Whiskey and vivacious soda water on the rocks.
Movie Night suggestion: Examine the inner workings of a real estate office with Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). Times are tough in a Chicago real estate office and the salesmen are given a strong incentive to succeed in a sales contest. The prizes? First prize is a Cadillac El Dorado, Second prize is a set of steak knives, third prize is walking papers. There is no room for losers in the world; only closers.