5.16.2012

chocolate chip cookie dough devil's food cake cheesecake

prep time:  tbd
cook time:  tbd
servings:  9-inch cake

cake ingredients:
1 ounce fine quality bittersweet chocolate - chopped evenly
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/2 cup hot coffee
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar - tightly packed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter - softened

cheesecake ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter - softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese - softened
2 eggs
/14 cup + 2 teaspoons cook and serve vanilla pudding mix
2 tablespoons sorghum molasses (not black strap)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder

chocolate chip cookie dough ingredients:
3 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar - packed
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup unsalted butter - melted
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
6 tablespoons milk

chocolate-molasses buttercream ingredients:
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter - salted
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

cake steps:
1.  preheat oven to 350 degrees.  grease a 9-inch cake pan with vegetables shortening and line with a circle of parchment paper.  grease paper and set pan aside.

2.  in a medium bowl, whisk the chocolate, cocoa and hot coffee until smooth.  set aside.

3.  in another bowl, whisk the eggs, yolks, sour cream, half the chocolate mixture and vanilla until just combined.

4.  in the bowl of a sand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt on low for 30 seconds.  add the softened butter and the remaining chocolate mixture.  mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened.  raise the speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds.  scrape down the sides of the bowl.

5.  with the mixer off between additions, add the egg mixture in two parts, starting on medium-low speed and gradually increasing to medium.  beat on medium speed for 45 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure.  the batter will be slightly fluffy.  scrape down the sides of the bowl.  using a silicone spatula, scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface evenly with a small offset spatula.

6.  bake for 30 - 40 minutes (check at 30).  cake is done with a toothpick tester comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed in the middle.  let the baked cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn cake out onto a wire rack.  let cool completely.

cheesecake steps:
1.  preheat oven to 325 degrees.  grease on 9-inch springform pan with shortening, line the pan with parchment and then grease the parchment.  lightly flour the pan and tap out excess over the sink.  set aside.

2.  cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment.  add cream cheese a little at a time until smooth.  scrape bowl down and beat again on medium speed, adding eggs one at a time.  add vanilla pudding mix, molasses, vanilla, and baking powder.  mix again until well combine.

3.  pour batter into prepared pan.  smooth batter with offset spatula and bake for 55 - 60 minutes.  cheesecake will puff up during baking, then deflate when taken out.  allow cheesecake to cool in pan.  place in freezer until needed for assembly.

chocolate chip cookie dough steps:
1.  line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.  in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together flour, salt, brown sugar and sugar.  pour in butter and vanilla.  mix until dry dough forms.  add chocolate chips and mix on lowest speed.

2.  when chocolate chips are evenly dispersed, add milk 1 tablespoon at a time with the machine on low speed.  remove dough from mixer bowl and press into the prepared springform pan.  place in freezer.

chocolate-molasses buttercream steps:
1. combine butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.  beat on low until just combined, then beat on high until mixture is thoroughly incorporated.  stop mixer and add vanilla, molasses, cocoa powder and salt.  beat on high speed until light and fluffy.

2.  scrape down bowl and beat again until no streaks of molasses remain.

assembly:
1.  choose a serving plat on which to build the cake.  line the edges of the plate with strips of sax paper to keep the plate edge clean while frosting. 

2.  level the cake layer with a serrated knife.  place it in the center of the wax paper lined plate.  spread a small amount of frosting over the top of the cake - just enough to hold the next layer in place.

3.  remove the cheesecake from the freezer and level with a serrated knife, if needed.  carefully place the cheesecake on top of the frosted cake, supporting it with a spatula on one side and your hand on the other.

4.  remove cookie dough layer from freezer and remove it from the springform pan.  turn layer over and remove parchment round.  place cookie dough layer on top of the cheesecake.  no icing is used between the cheesecake and the cookie dough layer.

5.  frost the sides of the cake with an off-set spatula, do not frost the top.  transfer remaining frosting to piping bag fitted with a large star tip.  pipe 2-inch swirls around the edge of the top of the cake.  press chocolate chip turned upside down into the middle of each swirl.

6.  gently press handfuls of ground cookies into the icing on the bottom half or the cake.  refrigerate cake until ready to serve. 

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