Monday, November 05, 2012

chocolate cranberry fudge cake with chocolate cranberry ganache




Today is the first Monday of a new month, which means "Chocolate Party" time again!  Last month the lovely ingredient to accompany chocolate was pumpkin.  I created the Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Bars, which were so well received.  Thank you so much for all your wonderful feedback!  November's ingredient, to be combined with chocolate is "cranberry!"  Cranberries reach their peak and are harvested from mid-September through mid-November, so what a perfect time to use them in our recipes.  A big thank you once again to Roxana's Home Baking for hosting this fun Chocolate Party!  Don't forget to check the bottom of my post, where all the Chocolate Party members will be featuring their scrumptious Chocolate and Cranberry recipes!






Although I love cranberries, and actually have two exciting cranberry creations to be posted soon, I was having a hard time coming up with a recipe I felt was worthy enough for our Chocolate Party, embracing both chocolate and cranberries together.  It had to be something rich and decadent, a dessert for this cherished time of the year. A time of year that we reminisce over what we are truly thankful for.  I'm convinced once you savor the first heavenly bite of my Chocolate Cranberry Fudge Cake with Chocolate Cranberry Ganache, you will have one additional food in your life to be thankful for!  :)

This may be the best kept secret in Ocean Spray Cranberry's history, my recipe source.  Why did I not find this chocolate gem sooner in my life?  Most likely because I wasn't participating in a Chocolate Party that required I use the two ingredients together.  :)  This is pure elegant baking, yet simple as can be.  One bowl, one spoon, and no mixer required.  The cake is deliciously dense, yet incredibly light at the same time.  The ganache is rich, creamy and beautifully flavored with the hint of cranberry.  A descriptive word for Chocolate Cranberry Fudge Cake with Chocolate Cranberry Ganache - OUTSTANDING!

One last thing.  See those sweet little sugary cranberries garnishing my cake?  Stay tuned to my next post on how to create them!

Until next time…mangia! xox

Carol






Chocolate Cranberry Fudge Cake with Chocolate Cranberry Ganache

Serves 10

Ingredients:

for the cake:
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate powder (I used Trader Joe's)
1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baked powder

for the ganache:
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup jellied cranberry sauce
mint leaves and cranberries for garnish, if desired

Create the Cake and Ganache:

prepare the cake:
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line an 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pan with aluminum foil.  Coat foil with baking spray.  Dust pan with flour, tap to remove excess.

2) Microwave 2/3 cup chocolate chips, butter and unsweetened chocolate powder in large microwave-safe bowl on high for 1 minute.  Stir until smooth.  Microwave for 30 more seconds longer, if necessary to melt chocolate.

3) Add cranberry sauce and sugar; mix well.  Add eggs, vanilla, flour and baking powder; mix well.  Pour batter in prepared pan.

4) Bake for 38-40 minutes or until center is set and a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool at room temperature in pan 30 minutes, then refrigerate in pan for additional 1 hour, or until cold.

prepare the ganache:
1) Microwave cream and chocolate chips together in medium microwave-safe bowl on high for 30 seconds.   Microwave for 30 seconds longer if necessary to melt chocolate.  (Mine took approximately 45 seconds total.) Stir until smooth.  Add cranberry sauce; mix well.

2) Turn cake out onto serving plate; remove foil. Spread glaze over top allowing some to drip down sides of cake. Chill 1 hour or until glaze is firm.  Garnish, if desired.  Can be made a day ahead.  Store at room temperature, or refrigerate.


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52 comments:

  1. Oh my, this cake has me drooling! This will be a perfect way for me to sneak fruit past my picky eater. So elegant and so easy, did I mention I love it?

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  2. Isn´t it great when we stumble upon an unexpected recipe? It happens to me all the time with the groups since I`m constantly baking out of my comfort zone, and I love it.
    This cake is gorgeous Carol, with all the right adjectives to make it a stunning and decadent dessert!

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  3. Just stunning! And I love the sugared berry garnish...beautiful!!!

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  4. This cake literally jumped out at me from my Reader feed! Sugar-coated berries atop dark chocolate, who can resist? And who knew Ocean Spray had their own recipes?! :D Definitely bookmarking this one.

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  5. Yum! I love one bowl recipes...especially ones that look as fancy and rich as this one does! I loved the challenge of using cranberries and chocolate together. Otherwise, I probably never would have tried this lovely combo!

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  6. What a gorgeous cake! Love anything chocolate and fudgy!

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  7. This cake is beautiful! I love how rich and fudgy it is!

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  8. oh, this cake sure looks OUTSTANDING Carol!
    So rich and so beautiful! I love the fudge texture and the sugared cranberries on top.
    Thanks for bringing it to this month #chocolateparty

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  9. What a stunning cake! So perfect for the holidays. I love your pink cake stand - simply beautiful!!!!

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  10. Lovely cake Carol. The cake is not only pretty but so unique in flavor.

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  11. I love chocolate parties! Hehe. I am now imagining how this tastes like...the sweetness of the chocolate and the tartness of the cranberries - a marriage made in heaven, in my opinion! This is a delightful cake that should be sold in stores around the country! Because I will definitely buy!

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  12. Whoa - you hade me at "rich and decadent" and from the looks of your photos, you really delivered! This looks so rich, dark, deep and delicious. And I LOVE your cake stand.

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  13. Stunning! Love how rich and decadent it looks!

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  14. Beautiful cake! I love your pink cake stand..I think I'm going to be dreaming about it, LOL!
    I like it when I find a great recipe from an unexpected source-great job and happy chocolate party;-)

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  15. Your cake is gorgeous, Carol! Love the ganache and your pretty stand!

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  16. Such a stunning cake, Carol. I LOVE the pink cake stand and want one:)A perfect cake for holiday baking:)

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  17. Dense. Decadent. Perfect for my guild's Christmas Bazaar sale. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Wow, what a beautiful cake! Absolutely love the texture of the cake. And that pink cake stand is beautiful!

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  19. Carol, it looks gorgeous and I'm sure it is delicious! I love the cake stand too :)

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  20. This is such a beautiful, festive cake! Would be the perfect thing for any holiday gathering. Love the sugared cranberries, they really make it special!

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    1. Faith, with all you have going on today with the book launch party of your gorgeous new cookbook, thank you so much for stopping by to leave a comment! xox

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  21. A chocolate party!!!! I have been missing out.. This sounds wonderful and looks delish!

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  22. I wish I could have been a taste tester for this party :) So gorgeous and decedent!

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  23. I was wondering about those cranberries on top even before you mentioned it in the post. Great looking cake for the Chocolate Party. I'll have a piece, please.

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne! The sugared cranberry post should be up tomorrow! :)

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  24. Stunning cake and great sounding flavors - pinning!

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    1. Thanks so much, Averie - thanks also for stopping by! :)

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  25. gorgeous cake! i am a big fan of ganache and this cranberry version looks soooo good!

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    1. Thank you, cakewhiz!! It's delicious! Hope you can give it a try!

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  26. First let me say, that cake stand is gorgeous!!!! I want it.

    This fudge cake looks amazing, the perfect addition to this month's chocolate party!

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    1. Thanks so much, Carrie! I love the stand too - it's been sitting in my kitchen begging to be used, and this cake fit it perfectly! :)

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol