Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Betty’s Chocoholic Cake

Dorie Greenspan chocoholic cake for Tuesdays with Dorie from baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comSometimes things don’t go exactly as planned. Say, for example when you plan on making your own birthday cake, read the recipe, figure it’s pretty simple, gather the ingredients and then go to pre-heat the oven and prepare your three cake tins. And realise that one of them is at work. And you have a three layer cake to make for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe (Betty’s Chocoholic Cake, p 67).

This is a big cake, the kind you make for a crowd when there’s something wonderful to celebrate,” says Dorie. I thought it was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday – not that it’s wonderful having a birthday but more that we were having a pretty big crowd of people and I figured for once I wouldn’t minify this recipe. Not one to let the lack of correct equipment deter me, I figured I could make the cake in one high springform pan and one regular cake pan, then cut the larger cake in halves to make three layers. I even weighed the batter to make sure it was evenly distributed.

For Tuesdays with Dorie Dorie Greenspan chocoholic cake from baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe cake looked GREAT coming out of the oven – I baked the larger one nearly twice as long to make sure it was cooked through. I set them to cool. But not long enough… Because as soon as I started cutting the cake in halves, I realised it probably needed either a spell in the freezer or a LOT longer at room temperature before I cut it. Why? To avoid the disastrous crumbling and breakage that happened seconds after I sliced into the cake horizontally.

Fortunately for me, there was some whipped cream to stick it together on the inside and some ganache to hold it together from the outside.

And at the end of the day, with the lights turned down a little low, after a few celebratory beverages, my guests only remarked on the (amazing) taste of this cake. Not on its appearance.

Dorie Greenspan chocoholic cake from baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comA note here that this is VERY rich. So the “16 servings” ended up being more like 20+. You truly do only need a sliver.

I’ll definitely remember this for another “big” celebration occasion because it’s a crowd pleaser AND it’s pretty easy. Just need to make sure I bring my third cake tin home ­čśë

Get the recipe for Betty’s Chocoholic Cake on p 67 of Baking Chez Moi or here.

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10 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Betty’s Chocoholic Cake”

    • Thanks! Re: the serving size, I see you had other desserts there as well so not surprised. I had 14 people and there was a bit more than 1/2 the cake left. Silvers is the way to go!

  1. Happy Birthday! I love the white cream in your cake gives it a nice contrast. You really do only need a sliver of this ­čÖé Deliciously decadent cake!

  2. oh no! but i bet the whipped cream filling was actually really great in this cake, and i’m sure no one suspected a thing. hope you had a very happy birthday!

  3. A very happy birthday and what a terrific cake to celebrate it with. Looks perfectly scrumptious and I’ll bet your guests enjoyed it.


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