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Old 12-11-2013, 12:32 PM   #1
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Cake Challenge for the Christmas Season

We've all had jello cakes, where a cake is baked, and holes made in it with a fork, then warm, flavored gelatin is poured in, then the whole thing is refrigerated until cold. These are moist and cold, and yummy. Similar cakes are made with pudding soaked into the cake.

Where I'm going with this is to challenge the DC community to make the ultimate chocolate cake. What I'm thinking is that your favorite chocolate cake recipe is made, then poked with holes, and then soaked with a thin ganache, and refrigerated. Whether the ganache is made with dark, or milk chocolate is up to you. The chocolate cake recipe is up to you. The topping is up to you. We'll call this the DC Ultimate Chocolate Cake. It has to be the best cake you've ever made.

Submit all recipes, with pictures, to this thread, after you've made it. I'll make one too. Then we can compare our cakes, take some time and make each other's recipes, and decide which of these will earn the title and represent our DC community to the world. I'm expecting world class desert here, made by us.

Who's in?

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Old 12-11-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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Me! Me! Me! See my hand? Me! Me! Me! I'm in!
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:05 PM   #3
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Not a fan of poke cakes. Now if you want to go Tortuga Rum Cake, you're on to something!
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:24 PM   #4
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Not a fan of poke cakes. Now if you want to go Tortuga Rum Cake, you're on to something!
I am with you Craig on that. I had a poke cake once. Just took one bite and spit it back out. It was disgusting.
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A good recipe for a rich moist chocolate cake, with a ganache of chocolate and heavy crème (you can even add some alcohol to the heated crème and chocolate) would be better than a true "Poke Cake".

Unfortunately I will have to pass as I am in the kitchen very rarely these days and I have an order for 8 gingerbread trees (for which I have recruited help).

But it sounds great Chief!
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:53 PM   #6
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Based upon the pie picture of a couple days ago, I volunteer to do the taste test of Addies cake.
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:45 PM   #7
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So, I've only made one chocolate cake in my life and cannot recall ever having a 'jello cake', so I don't have much of a frame of reference. But I think I may try to make my take on what you have described.
Oh, I'm still OK with doing a taste test on Addies cake.
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Old 12-11-2013, 06:39 PM   #8
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I am with you Craig on that. I had a poke cake once. Just took one bite and spit it back out. It was disgusting.
You do realize this challenge is to make a chocolate poke cake?
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I recommend using Plastic Drinking Straws from like McDonalds. Makes bigger holes to fill. Yum.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:57 PM   #10
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I,m not a big fan of poke type cakes, but a chocolate version of the old Tres Leches cake might be good, chocolate cake with a caramel poke and whipped cream topping!
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