Ghost Chile Honey Cake
The combination of chile and chocolate is irresistible, and this Ghost Chile Honey Cake is a mouth watering example. By infusing the chile into honey, we were able to mellow the heat and reveal the subtle fruity flavor of the Ghost Chile. The fudgy and fiery creaminess of the frosting, the moist chocolate cake, and the synergistic tang of the marmalade combine together to make one luscious cake. While it’s perfect for a Halloween party, we’ve made this cake for birthdays, holiday gatherings, and just when we wanted a thick slice of a really good chocolate cake. Enjoy!
The Ghost Chile Honey infusion in progress.
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup Ghost Chile infused honey (3 Ghost Chile pods
and 1 cup honey - instructions below)
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup of Seville orange marmalade
10 oz dark chocolate, chopped or shaved
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Ghost Chile infused honey
Optional - for a spicier cake, add 1/4 tsp of Ghost Chile Flakes
...or more to the cake batter and/or frosting.
- To make the Ghost Chile infused honey - A "honey bear" works great for this, as it will also give you a container to store it in. Empty the honey into a small pan and turn the burner to low heat. Put a tiny slit in 3 Ghost Chile pods, and place in the honey. (Make sure you push them down in the honey, so you get all of that wonderful flavor.) Let steep for about 1/2 hour. Cool to room temperature and pour the honey and chile pods back in the "honey bear" (or a clean jar with a lid). This can be made ahead.
- Preheat 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch cake pan with 2-inch sides with pan spray. Cut a piece of parchment to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, whisk together sugar, infused honey, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Whisk in the vegetable oil, then half of the flour mixture. Whisk in all of the buttermilk, then the rest of the flour mixture. Pour into your prepared cake pan.
- Bake the cake about 55 minutes (or until your cake tester comes out clean). Your cake will have a slight "dome", but that's ok. Let it cool for about 10 minutes, then invert it onto a cooling rack to finish cooling. Remove parchment.
- While the cake is cooling, you can make the frosting. Fill a small saucepan halfway up with water, and put on a medium-high burner. Get a non-plastic bowl that will easily fit on top of the saucepan. You now have a double-boiler, which is used to melt chocolate (so that it doesn't burn). Put the chocolate in bowl, and stir until it's almost melted. Set bowl aside. Pour out the water from the saucepan and pour in the honey and cream. Bring to a boil, then pour over the melting chocolate and stir until smooth. Let it cool.
- Assembly - When cake is cool, carefully cut it in half horizontally. Place the bottom of the cake onto a plate. Spread the marmalade over the cake bottom, being careful not to spread it all of the way to the edge. Place the other half of the cake on top of the filling, and gently press down. (This is why you don't want to spread the filling all of the way to the edge - it will ooze out when you press on the cake.) With a butter knife (or offset spatula), frost the cake. (After you've put all of the frosting on the cake, you can 'smooth' it out by dipping a clean knife into hot water, wiping it off, then using the warm knife to 'smooth out' the frosting.)
- Keep cake in an airtight container, so that it won't dry out.
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