Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache

Of all the chocolate cake recipes I have tried, I still like the steamed version best (see recipe at the end of the post). It's so good even eaten plain.

Today, however, I wanted to give it a twist by pairing it with a different flavoured frosting. Lately, I seem to be seeing a lot of peanut butter in food blogs, so I took my cue from there and made a Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache.


This was my first time making a ganache frosting and I was very happy with the results - an even, glossy glaze of the entire cake :)

I made it within an hour of mixing, steaming and frosting. It's that fast and easy ... or could it be because I have used the cake recipe so many times, I can do it with my eyes closed? Tells you how much my family adores this moist chocolate cake!



My daughter hated the ganache though, and she put it very succinctly, "I like peanut butter, but not in my chocolate." And as if to prove her point, she immediately reached for a bar of dark, bitter chocolate and nibbled away on that.



My husband and sons, on the other hand, attacked the cake mercilessly like a pride of hungry lions. There were chocolate crumbs everywhere! As for me, I thought it tasted pretty good, BUT, I still prefer pure chocolate cake, just my girl ;)


"Nom nom nom ... I love this cake!"

Now, I have 2 recipes for Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake. If you like using oil (healthier and stays soft even after refrigeration), click here. If you prefer butter (better aroma and richer taste, I suppose), click here.
Notes from The Little Teochew:
- I used the "oil" version and omitted the coffee because I didn't want the peanut butter to compete with the coffee for attention.
- I made a 2-layer cake. You can make 3 layers if you want. Or leave the cake whole. It's entirely your call.


The recipe for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache is here, but reprinted below for easy reference.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 ½ cups chocolate chip morsels
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup smooth peanut butter

Notes from The Little Teochew:
- I used a bain marie to eliminate the risk of burning the chocolate.

- I halved the recipe and there was enough ganache to cover the whole cake, at least for me.

- Allow the ganache to cool till it is barely warm and still runny.

- Place the cooled cake onto a cooling rack with a tray below to catch the excess ganache.

- Pour onto the centre of the cake and allow the ganache to completely cover the cake.

- Leave the cake be until the ganache stops dripping completely. Refrigerate.

30 comments:

  1. Your cake cutting skills are very precise! What a nice sharp angle. And your son's eyelashes are so enviably long! :)

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  2. Hi jo, thanks! I wish I had my son's lashes, heh heh. As for cake cutting, I often feel that it is an area overlooked. A beautiful cake/pie/tart/whatever is not given justice if you don't slice it properly. Don't you think?

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  3. yumm!! this looks like bakery quality!! --agreed w/ the nice slice..what knife did use?

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  4. The cake looks so delicious!

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  5. What a face:) So cute..those eyes:) And the ganache painted face..Too cute..Ju..I applaud your cake cutting skills too perhaps an entry of how tos on your beau blog one day?

    Nana:)

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  6. wicked good looking cake... And loved the personal pictures

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  7. Une vraie merveille, les photos sont magnifiques et je veux bien le goûter, j'essaierai de ne pas trop m'en mettre sur le visage comme ton fils !

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  8. Beautiful cake! Beautiful chocolate covered lips to kiss! And chin...and cheeks!
    L~xo

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  9. Wow, how did you cut that cake that oh-so-neatly? Which knife do you use?

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  10. Your son is SOOOO adorable! Oh, and the cake looks delicious :)

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  11. Jumping on the bandwagon to say what a neat slice! And good job on the ganache, dearie. It looks really smooth :) I just need to overcome my fear of using the steamer, and give this oft-mentioned cake of yours a try!

    Oh, I'm on the lookout for a moist chocolate loaf cake on my blog; do you have any recommendations?

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  12. Looks wonderful! Can I have a piece? ; )

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  13. I will definitely join the father & sons team. So irresistable!

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  14. Thanks everyone, for your lovely comments :) I used a very sharp kitchen knife, and wiped the blade after each slice. As for slicing with precision, that comes with being a Type A with a perfectionist streak! ;P

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  15. really moist looking!
    and your girl is so pretty. love her eyelashes! :)
    peanut butter goes so well with chocolate!

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  16. Felicia, that's my son! LOL! Always mistaken for a girl, though!! Must be those lashes lah. Heh heh!

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  17. What a stunning cake! The layers are perfect and that ganache with chocolate and peanut butter? Well, I'll eat your daughter's slice! I have heard of steamed cakes but have never tried them. This one looks too good not to try!

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  18. whoops. sorry! anyhow, they're really pretty eyes! a real cutie.
    looking forward to more posts of yours :)

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  19. I love steamed cakes bcos they always so moist and your cake looks perfect! so beautifully cut too

    your son looks soooo adorable...that face can melt hearts...treasure it.

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  20. OMG!! This cake looks just so delicious!! Wish I could have a bite!

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  21. Beautiful cake and the lil face is soooo adorable..

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  22. Knowing your blog via Terri's blog, it seem you have a great blog too. I will add you in my blog list.
    This cake look really tempting.

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  23. You did an amazing job with the ganache! And it sounds delicious :)

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  24. That's the most gorgeous photo of your baby :) Wonderful recipe as well... looking forward to trying it!

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  25. I'm living in South Korea right now and ovens are scarce.I have been looking for great dessert recipes with no oven necessary. This is right on the money! Can't wait to try it, looks delicious.

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  26. I come from "La table de Nana", what beautiful pictures. Thanks a lot.

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  27. Little Teochew..i love your recipes, more over i love your passion for cooking and it shows....i love to cook n bake myself , its just a joy to see someone doing the same. GBU

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