My friend Josie is set to have her twins any day now, and our group of friends couldn’t let this occasion pass without a surprise for her. It was almost a year ago that these same friends surprised me with a baby shower, and I so wish we were all together again. Since we can’t be, we decided to throw a little virtual shower for Josie. Annie had the idea for us to incorporate foods that are perfect pairs to celebrate Josie’s two sweet boys, and I couldn’t resist doing something with chocolate and coffee (one of my favorite flavor combinations). I think Josie’s going to love the pairs that everyone chose. Annie used tequila and lime to make a Paloma cocktail, which is actually one of Eric’s favorite drinks. Elly put sausage and biscuits together into one perfect breakfast item, and Tara made the classic combination of shrimp and grits.
You don’t have to convince me that chocolate has an infinite number of perfect matches, but something wonderful happens when chocolate and coffee come together. And, seeing as how Josie will soon be a mom of four, I figured she’d need some extra coffee in her life. This cake is lusciously decadent and oh so delicious. This is basically the chocolate cake of my dreams – moist, fluffy and perfectly sweetened. The coffee buttercream is smooth and has a subtle coffee flavor. The recipe description says that even coffee-averse people will like this cake, and I totally agree. As if a chocolate cake with coffee buttercream wasn’t awesome enough, this one is covered with dark chocolate ganache, taking it completely over the top. I mean, seriously. How could anyone resist a cake with chocolate dripping down the sides?
A note about the buttercream: This recipe is unlike any recipe for frosting I’ve made (and this is coming from someone that worked at a cupcake shop). It’s a cooked frosting, but it’s not Swiss or Italian meringue. This frosting is made with, wait for it, flour. The flour is cooked, along with milk and cream, to create a gravy-like sauce (think béchamel). Apparently, this type of frosting was common during WWII since it uses significantly less butter and sugar. Pretty cool!
Josie, I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to meet your two new additions!