This Chocolate Cabbage Cake recipe was
the first really fancy dessert I ever made.
We were young married students with little children and
the women decided to get together weekly and
learn something new from gardening to sewing,
and of course cooking.
We needed a name and we decided to call ourself
The Chocoholics Club. My girlfriend and I saw
a cake like this in a cookbook and we decided to make it.
My Fitz and Floyd bunny platter that I have
had for years seemed like the perfect serving
piece for the cake.
Three cute little bunnies hold a large cabbage leaf platter.
Start with a real head of cabbage and core it. Then carefully
peel off a leaf at a time starting at the top of the cabbage.
Be careful not to tear the leaf.
Melt 3 C. chocolate (if you are worried about tempering
the chocolate, use chocolate coating discs.) Let the chocolate
cool to about 90 degrees if you are using chocolate that needs
to be tempered. If you are using chocolate discs, let it cool a few
Use a pastry brush to paint a thick coat of the chocolate on
the inside of the cabbage leaf. Paint about 6-7 leaves.
Place the leaf in the fridge to let harden while you
paint the next one. After they have hardened peel
off the cabbage leaf and trim the edges if necessary.
Bake a chocolate cake in a small round metal bowl. You
will want it round and just smaller than a head of cabbage.
I used a 6 1/2 inch wide bowl by 3 1/2 inch tall. It took
nearly one recipe of cake, filling it 2/3 full. Bake until
a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Mine took about one hour.
Place a large dollop of frosting on the platter, then
place your cake on. Frost and fill in any gaps at
the bottom. You will need a little extra around the
bottom to anchor the chocolate leaves in.
Begin making the cabbage by placing one small leaf over the
top of the cake. Then start on one side and add overlapping
leaves to cover the cake. You might have to break one or
two apart and fill in any parts along the bottom that the
leaves didn't cover.
Use additional frosting to glue leaves together by
lifting them back a little and placing the frosting
where you can't see it.
I piped just a little around the bottom of each
leaf to secure it also.
This little guy really looks like he is working
hard to carry his share of the load.
I think this little rabbit is snacking on the job.
What a fun cake.
Give this one a try!
It takes a little effort, but it certainly
is the center of attention.
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