Welcome to Natasha's Creative Confections! If you have stumbled upon this blog page, then you're in for a real treat! One of my favorite things to do is bake. If you choose to read on you will find pictures and recipes of some of the fabulous treats that I have created. So take a look around and enjoy!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Grasshopper Cake for Mother's Day
I had this WHOLE blog typed out...and it was a long one, recipe and everything. However, blogger had to, of course, stop working after I typed it up, didn't save ANY OF IT, so now I have nothing to share :(
I spent almost an hour typing everything about this cake out. This was one of the best cakes I've made, and I was so excited to share. But now, I don't feel like re-typing everything.
I know I don't have very many readers haha, but if you are curious about this cake, please leave me a comment or send me a message and I will gladly give you the recipe. It was such a great cake that if you tried it, I know you would love it.
Chocolate and mint....what's NOT to love? :D
HERE IS THE RECIPE! I typed it up for a friend and decided that I might as well post it on here in case anyone else is interested!
Ingredients for the Classic Chocolate Cake Layers:
3/4 cups dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups hot water
2/3 cups sour cream
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Ingredients for the Creme de Menthe Buttercream:
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, soft but cool, cut into small pieces
2 Tablespoons creme de menthe
2 1/4 teaspoons peppermint extract
Ingredients for the Mint Chocolate Ganache:
6 ounces dark chocolate (60-72% cacao), coarsely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon creme de menthe
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Make the Classic Chocolate Cake Layers:
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment paper, and butter the parchment. Dust with flour, and knock out the excess flour.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the cocoa powder, hot water, and sour cream and set aside to cool.
3. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a medium bowl and set aside.
4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and shortening on medium speed until light and fluffy and ribbon-like, about 5 minutes. Add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 more minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, then add the vanilla and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the bowl and mix again for 30 seconds.
5. Add the flour mixture, alternating with the cocoa mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
6. Divide the batter among the prepared pans and smooth the tops. Bake for 35-40 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean. Transfer the cakes to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Invert cakes onto the rack, remove the pans, and let cool completely. Remove the parchment.
Make the Creme de Menthe Buttercream:
1. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the sugar and flour together. Add the milk and cream and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil and has thickened, about 10-20 minutes.
2. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on high speed until cool. Reduce the speed to low and add the butter; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy.
3. Add the creme de menthe and peppermint extract and mix until combined. If the frosting is too soft, put it in the refrigerator to chill slightly, then mix again until it is the proper consistency. If the frosting is too firm, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water, then mix again.
Make the Mint Chocolate Ganache:
1. Put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream just to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour the cream over the chocolate. Let the cream sit for 2 minutes, then starting in the center of the bowl and working your way out to the edges, slowly stir the chocolate and cream mixture in a circle until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the creme de menthe and peppermint extract and stir until combined. Whisk for another few minutes to cool the ganache slightly, then let the ganache come to room temperature, about 15 minutes, whisking occasionally.
Assemble the Cake:
Place one cake layer on a serving platter. Trim the top to create a flat surface. Use an offset spatula to spread about 1/4 cup of the ganache on top of the layer. Put the cake in the refrigerator for 1 minute to let the ganache set. Spread about 1 1/4 cups of the buttercream on top of the ganache. Top with the next cake layer, trim and frost with ganache and buttercream, then add the third layer and trim. Crumb coat the cake and put the cake in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up the frosting. Frost the sides and top with the remaining buttercream. Garnish the cake with grasshopper or mint cookies (I broke them into small pieces and spread on top of the cake), if desired. Refrigerate the cake for about 15 minutes to firm up the finished cake.
*This cake will keep beautifully in a cake saver and room temperature (cool and humidity free) for up to 3 days. If your room is not cool, place the cake in a cake saver and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours before serving.