"Hot" Chocolate Cake

Treat your guests to this chocolate cake that’s topped with ganache – a chilled dessert.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 15 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

Cake

1 1/2
cups sugar
1 1/4
cups vegetable oil
1 1/4
cups buttermilk
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
2
eggs
2 1/4
cups all-purpose flour
1/3
cup unsweetened dark baking cocoa
2
teaspoons ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2
teaspoons baking soda
3/4
teaspoon salt
1 1/4
cups hot water or hot strong brewed coffee

Spicy Bittersweet Ganache

10
oz bittersweet baking chocolate, chopped
1 1/2
cups whipping cream
1/2
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

White Chocolate Ganache

24
oz white chocolate baking bars or squares, chopped
1
cup whipping cream
1
tube (0.68 oz) red decorating gel
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan with shortening. In large bowl, beat all cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl often. Beat 2 more minutes on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into pan.
  • 2 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about2 hours.
  • 3 Place bittersweet chocolate in medium heatproof bowl; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, heat 1 1/2 cups whipping cream to simmering. Remove from heat; stir in 1/2 teaspoon red pepper. Let stand 10 minutes. Return whipping cream in saucepan to simmer. Pour over bittersweet chocolate. Let stand 2 minutes; stir until smooth. Spread ganache over cake. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.
  • 4 Place white chocolate in medium heatproof bowl. In 1-quart saucepan, heat 1 cup whipping cream to boiling. Pour over white chocolate. Let stand 2 minutes; stir until smooth. Spread evenly over bittersweet ganache. Drizzle decorating gel in rows over cake. Pull toothpick through rows in opposite direction to create swirled pattern. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
 

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
528
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
36g
36%
(Saturated Fat
16g,
16%
),
Sodium
246mg
246%;
Total Carbohydrate
46g
46%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
),
Protein
6g
6%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 6 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.