Chocolate Ganache Loaf Cake

Chocolate Ganache Loaf Cake
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Ingredients
  1. Cake
  2. 1 box chocolate cake mix
  3. ½ cup water
  4. ½ cup oil
  5. 1 cup sour cream
  6. 4 Eggland's Best Eggs (Large)
  7. 1 small box of instant pudding mix, chocolate
  8. Filling
  9. 1 cup milk
  10. ¼ cup flour
  11. 1 cup butter softened
  12. 1 cup granulated sugar
  13. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  14. Chocolate Ganache
  15. 8oz semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  16. ¾ cup heavy cream
  17. ½ teaspoon instant coffee granules
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 X 5 X 5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Mix all cake ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Using a hand mixer, or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour batter into loaf pan until 2/3 full. If you have extra batter, you can prepare a few mini-loaf pans with nonstick spray and bake the additional batter in those pans.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. If also making mini-loafs, they should be ready in 25-30 minutes.
  6. Remove pans from oven and cool completely on a cooling rack. When cooled, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in freezer. This will make the cake easier to slice later.
Filling
  1. Place milk in a small sauce pan, and whisk in flour until flour is incorporated into milk keep whisking as to avoid getting lumpy.
  2. Slowly heat the milk and flour over low heat, and whisk continuously to ensure mixture is smooth.
  3. Continue to mix until mixture is a pudding-like consistency. Remove from heat and transfer to a small glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. (You can also prepare this the day before you plan to make the cake).
  4. Place softened butter and sugar in a medium bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Blend until light and fluffy. Add milk/flour mixture and continue to beat until fluffy and thick. This may take up to 5 minutes.
Ganache
  1. Place chopped chocolate and coffee granules in a bowl. Over low heat, in a small saucepan, heat cream until it starts to boil. Switch off heat, and pour over chocolate, whisking until chocolate melts and become smooth.
  2. Add vanilla and milk/flour mixture and beat until the filling is light and fluffy!! This may take a lot of mixing. I put it in my stand mixer and whip for about 5 minutes.
Ganache
  1. Placed chopped chocolate and coffee in bowl. Heat cream in microwave just until it starts to boil and pour over chocolate and coffee. Let stand for 1-2 minutes to melt the chocolate then take a whisk and whisk until blended. Let cool to room temperature.
Assembly
  1. Slice loaf horizontally into 3 equal-size loafs.
  2. Place bottom layer on a cake plat, and frost top with 1/3-1/2 cup of filling. Repeat with the next two layers, pressing each layer down slightly. Filling may squeeze out of the side, so use a knife to smooth it out, or remove excess filling.
  3. After the top layer is placed, frost with the ganache, allowing excess to drip over the sides.
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