Pansy Cake

Pansy Cake
Servings: 16 Prep 45 mins Bake 350°F 30 mins Cook 10 mins

Ingredients

Cake:
  • 3 -Tier Feather-Light Chocolate Cake (recipe, www.familycircle.com)
Filling:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 box (1 pound) confectioners sugar (4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Ganache:
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1 package (7 ounces) marzipan
  • Food paste color (optional)
  • Confectioners sugar, for rolling
  • Pansy Cookies (see recipe, www.familycircle.com)

Make It

1. Follow steps 1 through 9 for cake, using three 8-inch square metal baking pans; bake 30 minutes.

Filling:

2. Beat butter and sugar in bowl on medium speed until well blended. Add milk and vanilla; beat until good frosting consistency, about 3 minutes. Beat in cocoa powder.

3. Place 1 cake layer on rack with rimmed baking sheet underneath. Trim level if needed. Top with 3/4 cup filling. Stack with second layer. Spread with 3/4 cup filling. Add third layer. Use remaining filling to fill in around edges where layers meet.

Ganache:

4. In saucepan, over medium heat, bring cream to simmer. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and almond extract if using; cover; let stand 10 minutes.

5. Stir ganache until completely smooth, heating slightly if needed. Let cool until good pouring consistency, 85 degrees F to 95 degrees F. Pour over cake, covering all sides, using long straight metal spatula to smooth if necessary. Set cake aside to set, or refrigerate. Once set, move to plate.

6. Divide marzipan in half. If desired, tint with coloring. Using confectioners sugar for dusting, roll marzipan to 1/4-inch thickness. With paring knife or fluted pastry cutter, cut out 8 x 1-1/2-inch ribbon. Reroll scraps; cut out second ribbon. Repeat with other half of marzipan. Attach ribbons to cake, meeting in top center. Trim if necessary. Arrange cookies and stick cookies. Makes 16 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 16; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 596, Fat, total (g): 32, chol. (mg): 119, sat. fat (g): 19, carb. (g): 79, fiber (g): 3, pro. (g): 7, sodium (mg): 236, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.