Campfire Cake

We have been tooling around with whole grain cakes for a few weeks now and hit the jackpot with these S’mores inspired layers. Our weekend receptionist Lisette baptized it as Campfire Cake after a late afternoon torching session. Use store-bought marshmallows or take 30 minutes to master our Homemade Marshmallow recipe here to cut out varying sizes of puffs.

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Ingredients

Campfire Cake

1 cup vegetable oil (olive oil or grapeseed are best)
1 cup honey
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 cup water
3/4 cup apple juice
2 cups all purpose flour
1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour (a soft, light one, such as Sonora or white whole wheat)
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Prepare two 8" cake pans by cutting out a circle of parchment paper the same size as the bottom of the pan and placing it on the bottom. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Whisk all the wet ingredients together in a large bowl. Sift the dry ingredients over the wet and whisk until just combined. Pour into cake pans and bake about 30-40 minutes, or until the center is set.
  3. Cool in the pans, then unfold and peel back the parchment paper. Once completely cooled (this should take a few hours), cut each cake into two layers and set aside.

Whipped Chocolate Ganache Filling

10 ounces milk chocolate, best quality you can find
16 ounces heavy cream
  1. Chop up your chocolate finely. Place a rimmed cookie sheet or wide pan with a lip in the freezer.
  2. Warm the cream in a pot until just barely simmering. Pour over the chocolate and whisk until all the chocolate has melted. Pour this onto the frozen pan and chill to set.
  3. Once cold, whip the ganache with a stand mixer and the whisk attachment or a hand-held mixer.

Assembly

1 cake! Yum
  1. Place your bottom cake layer on a flat platter, stand or dish. Spread 1/4 of the ganache on top, then place another cake layer over it. Repeat until all the layers are stacked. For best results, place this in the fridge or freezer until firm.
  2. Take the remaining ganache and spread on chilled cake. You can also warm it and pour over the cake.
  3. Top with marshmallows, torch and serve!