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Cocoa-Dusted Dark Chocolate Bombe
Chocolate Ganache Frosting
- 31/4 cups heavy cream
- 2¼ cups sugar
- 12 ounces unsweetened baker’s chocolate (we recommend Valrhona cacao paste), chopped
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 ounces dark chocolate (we recommend Valrhona Manjari 64%), chopped
Chocolate Genoise Cake
- 1½ cups flour, plus extra for coating the bowl
- 7 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1¼ cups sugar
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (we recommend Valrhona 100% Pure Cacao Powder)
- 3¼ tablespoons milk
- 3½ tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 pound Tempered Chocolate (page 378)
For the Chocolate Ganache Frosting
- In a small saucepan, combine the heavy cream and sugar and bring to a simmer.
- Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour the hot cream mixture over the top.
- Rest for 1 minute, then whisk together until smooth.
- Transfer the mixture to a shallow baking dish and cover the surface with plastic wrap.
- Cool at room temperature until the ganache thickens to a frosting consistency.
For the Chocolate Syrup
- In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar and ¾ cup water to a simmer.
- Remove from the heat and, using a hand blender, puree in the chocolate until smooth.
- Set aside to cool.
For the Chocolate Genoise Cake
- Preheat the oven to 320°F.
- Grease the inside of a 3-quart stainless steel bowl with nonstick cooking spray and lightly coat with flour.
- Fill one-third of a medium saucepan with water and bring to a simmer.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk to combine the eggs, yolk, and sugar.
- Set the bowl over the pot of simmering water.
- Continue whisking until the temperature of the mixture reaches 140°F.
- Remove from the heat and place the bowl on the mixer fit with a whisk attachment.
- Whip at medium-high speed until it cools to room temperature and forms ribbons as it falls from the whisk, about 5 minutes.
- Sift the cocoa powder and the 1½ cups flour together into a medium bowl.
- With a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture in 3 additions, until no streaks remain.
- Fold in the milk and melted butter until just combined.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared 3-quart stainless steel bowl.
- Place the bowl on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven.
- Bake for 1 hour, and check the cake by inserting a cake tester into the center.
- Once the tester comes out clean, remove from the oven and immediately invert the cake onto a cooling rack.
- Once cooled, use a serrated knife to divide the cake into 3 even layers and set them on the rack.
- Brush each layer with about 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup per side to moisten.
- Frost the top of the 2 bottom layers with enough ganache to equal the thickness of the cake layers.
- Stack the layers back together and frost the outside of the cake with the remaining ganache.
For the Chocolate Ribbons
- Pour about 1/2 cup of chocolate onto a flat marble, glass, or stainless steel surface.
- Spread it into a 1-millimeter-thick rectangle, about 2 feet long by 6 inches wide.
- Allow the chocolate to set for 5 minutes, or until it is no longer liquid or shiny yet is still slightly soft.
- With a straight-edged stainless steel spatula held at a 45-degree angle, scrape the chocolate widthwise to form wavy ribbons.
- Transfer the ribbons to a tray and repeat the process until all the chocolate is used.
- Decorate the cake with the ribbons.