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.
Thanks to Amy for hosting this week! You can find the recipe on her blog or on pages 286-287 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.