This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Amy of Amy Ruth Bakes: dressy chocolate loafcake. The chocolate loafcake is split horizontally into layers, filled with raspberry jam, and then topped with a chocolate/sour cream frosting. The combination of chocolate and raspberry sounded delicious to me, but there was no way Shane was going to touch it, so as I often do, I modified things a bit so I wouldn’t wind up having to eat the dessert all by myself.
I halved the recipe and thanks to a suggestion from Mary Ann over on the P&Q’s, I made jumbo cupcakes. The half recipe yielded four of them and they baked in about 30 minutes. I was skeptical about the chocolate/sour cream frosting combo and feeling lazy, so the cupcakes remained bare. I delivered Shane’s lunch to him at his office yesterday and brought him one of the cupcakes, still warm from the oven, as dessert. An hour or so later I got an email thanking me and letting me know it was very tasty! Good news as I planned to ask him to eat 2 of the remaining 3 sitting on the counter at home.
As for that final cupcake? I did as Dorie directed and cut it into three layers, filling them with the raspberry jam, and spreading a little more on top for good measure. Still no frosting, but instead a huge dollop of whipped cream. It was the perfect snack and I enjoyed it while we watched the most recent episode of The Next Food Network Star last night (our early favorite is Aarti – so warm and interesting and oh, that accent, I could listen to her talk for hours!). The cake was very tender and rich, and though the jam layers were thin, the raspberry flavor was wonderful with the chocolate.