You didn’t think that I could make this delicious whipped goodness and not come up with a fabulous cake to go with it, did you?
But, I have to admit that I’m not a fan of mint, because of what I will always referr to as The Moroccan Mint Experience. While travel through Middle Atlas a few years ago with my sister…we…we’ll it’s hard to explain. But as a result, I no longer like mint.
Although my favorite part of the devolution of mint in my life, is Mohammed
He lives in a cave in a mountain town called B’Halil.
He made me mint tea in his cave. And when someone as wonderful and welcoming as Mohammad takes time to welcome you into his cave and heat up water over an open flame and make you tea out of brown water and mint leaves YOU DRINK IT!!
And I am so grateful to him for the tea. Although he has nothing to do my my distaste for mint tea, he is my favorite memory of my journey towards no longer liking it.
For some reason, however, Candy Canes are exempt for my I Hate Mint rule. Can’t really say why.
Even if you hate mint, or if you love it so much you want to take a long soak in big bathtub full of Junior Mints, I hope you like this cake. I did.
Chocolate Peppermint Soufflé Cake With Candy Cane Whipped Cream
1/2 tsp natural peppermint extract
1 cup unsalted butter
7oz high quality 60% chocolate
5 eggs, room temperature, separated
1/3 cup plus 3 tbs sugar
1 tbs all purpose flour
1 tsp kosher or sea salt
2 tbs cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350.
In a small pot, add the butter and peppermint extract, stir over medium heat until the butter has melted, don’t allow to boil. Remove from heat.
In the top of a double broiler (or a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water) add the chocolate and the peppermint butter. Stir over medium-low heat until the chocolate is melted and combined with the butter. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the egg yolks and 1/3 cup of sugar. Mix on high until well combined and light and frothy. Turn off the mixer, and add the flour, salt and the cocoa powder. Mix until just combined. Add the chocolate mixture and beat again until the chocolate is incorporated into the egg yolk mixture.
In a separate bowl, add the egg whites and 1 tbs sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on high until soft peaks form. Add the remaining two tbs sugar and beat again until shiny and stiff peaks form.
Remove bowl of the stand mixer that contains the chocolate batter. Put one third of the egg whites into the chocolate batter, and gently stir until barely combined. Add half the remaining egg whites and stir again. Add the remaining egg whites and stir until just combined.
Line the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan with a round of parchment paper. Spray the sides with butter flavored cooking spray.
Pour the batter into the spring form pan in one even layer.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until the top is dry and slightly cracked.
Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes, the top will deflate slightly.
Remove from the spring form pan, allow to cool to room temperature.
Printable:Chocolate Peppermint Soufflé Cake
Printable: Candy Cane Whipped Cream
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