Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Carrèment Chocolat, The Fancy Cake

November 10, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 12 Comments
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carrèment chocolat, the fancy cake

Wow– after six years, this is our final Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi. I’m not crying, you’re crying. Okay, I’m definitely crying, but a slice of Carrèment Chocolat, The Fancy Cake will make me feel better.

This is a chocolate cake that is sleek and slim, but rich and luxurious. A single pan of chocolate cake is sliced into two thin layers, brushed with syrup (which for me was Kahlúa) sandwiched with chocolate pastry cream, glazed in ganache and topped with homemade salted chocolate shards. It’s no wonder that it’s the book’s cover girl, and it’s no wonder that we saved her for our grand finale. I actually made this over the summer for my husband’s birthday. It seemed like a nice treat for a quarantine celebration and a fun project for me. We savored every bite.

My copy of BCM has lived on my kitchen counter for the last six years. It’ll go on the bookshelf now, but I’m sure I’ll take it down often (and, if I’m being truthful, I do have a few things to rewind). We have made close to 150 recipes, and it would be really, really hard for me to pick a favorite..maybe the Caramel-Topped Rice Pudding Cake, maybe the Chocolate Crème Caramel. Clearly I fancy upside-down puddings sitting in a caramel puddle, but I’ve had such fun baking and sharing all kinds of treats with our small group on Tuesdays. Thank you, it’s a highlight of my week. Also, of course, merci to Dorie for teaching, inspiring and encouraging us, and to Laurie, who started TWD back in 2008 with BFMHTY.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out our last BCM TWD Blogroll! We bake on with Dorie’s Cookies, but for this one, c’est fini.


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  1. This cake was good, and a fitting end to our BCM journey. Your husband was lucky to get it as a birthday cake.

  2. Steph what a pleasure and an honour it’s been getting to know you through this group! Your versions of the recipes are always so inspiring! Thank you for your guidance and management of the group. You have all been my constant (especially the past few months!). I am glad we still have a couple of books to work through!

    Oh and your cake? Simply perfect (as always!)

    • thank you, and same here– i really hope there comes a day when we can meet IRL!

  3. This looks so delicious!

  4. Gorgeous as always! It’s been lovely baking with you these past 6 years.

  5. I am so glad this isn’t the end or I would be crying! I have thoroughly enjoyed baking with you Steph and always can’t wait to see your creation. I love artsy flair for capturing the best pictures! I have also had Baking Chez Moi sitting out on my counter for 6 years…and will miss it being there. Like you said, it is a constant in our lives and it brings me such joy. It will now go sit on the shelf next to Baking with Julia haha, the first TWD cookbook I completed. Thank you for all you do to keep the group moving along! I am grateful for this group!

    • thank you- that is so kind!! i’m glad we can continue the fun with cookies! xoxo

  6. This would make a wonderful birthday cake especially when you can’t go out to celebrate. As others have said, a big thank you for keeping our little group going. I do treasure this group. I am also glad we have 2 more books together or I would be crying too.

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