Cake 51: Chocolate Pomegranate Cake
August 6th, 2011
Let me tell you a little something about cake 52. Have you heard of the Pumpple cake? Some have deemed it the “turducken of cake.” Well, I’m about to take that and make it 225% more awesome. For cake #52, I will be making cookie inside pie inside cake, times three layers. That’s nine different flavors of sugary goodness. That’s probably 3,000 calories in a complete slice if I were to slice it top-to-bottom. My husband just finished drawing the schematics, I’ve chosen the flavors I’m going to do, and it may take me a few weeks to finish it, so bear with me, but I intend to make it. I will post all the prep materials, photos and videos of the process, and people’s reaction when I unveil this cake at an event in a few weeks. No practice round, no margin for error, I have to get it right the first time. Tell your friends – this is something you’re not going to want to miss.
And without further ado, Cake 51. We’re near the end. Pomegranate was my brother’s idea. It was a good one.
Chocolate Pomegranate Cake Recipe Ingredients
- 2 cups pomegranate juice (We used POM Wonderful)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 6 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cups butter, softened
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- A handful of chocolate covered pomegranate seeds or chocolate covered dried cranberries for garnish
Chocolate Pomegranate Cake Recipe Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a round bundt pan. Heat the pomegranate juice and sugar on high until the sugar dissolves and the mixture starts to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about a half hour, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Mix a half-cup of cold water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch if your mixture doesn’t seem to be thickening. You want to end up with a thick pomegranate syrup. Mix 1 cup of pomegranate syrup, the egg whites and vanilla extract in a bowl and whisk briefly. Set aside. In your kitchen mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the softened batter, and mix on a low speed until it’s completely incorporated. Add the liquid mixture about a half cup at a time and beat until completely blended. Do not overbeat. Pour into your prepared bundt pan. We had extra batter so we also made 6 cupcakes out of the rest. Cupcakes should be baked about 20 to 23 minutes. The cake baked for about 40 minutes. If you did two 9-inch round pans instead, try 25 to 30 minutes to start. To garnish the cake, we melted the 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a double boiler and basically “painted” the chocolate onto the cake. We drizzled the remaining pomegranate syrup over that. Then, we topped it with chocolate-covered dried cranberries (because Whole Foods didn’t have chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds or just plain pomegranate seeds in season right now).
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