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What to fill a cake with

adventuresinbaking Sep 13, 2007 07:10 AM


I am making the Epicurious Double Chocolate Cake this weekend and am trying to figure out what to fill it with. I am making a cake topper that is a chocolate/ peanut butter cake sculpture. Right now I am trying to figure out what to fill the center with. I was thinking a milk chocolate pastry cream, to cut the intensitity of the cake and add some moisture, but am unsure. Any other suggestions?

  1. m
    middydd Sep 13, 2007 09:37 PM

    I've filled that cake with meringue layers a couple of times. It's pretty spectacular.


    1. b
      BRB Sep 13, 2007 02:38 PM

      Since you will have both chocolate and peanut butter, how about a caramel buttercream? It would pair well with both flavors and would limit the intensity of the chocolate.

      1. AlaskaChick Sep 13, 2007 11:26 AM

        I like fruit fillings such as raspberry or orange for chocolate or for decadence - a ganache

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        1. re: AlaskaChick
          MeffaBabe Sep 13, 2007 12:40 PM

          You said the topper had peanut butter why not do a peanut butter flavored mousse or white chocolate with pb gananche?

          1. re: AlaskaChick
            JasmineG Sep 13, 2007 08:51 PM

            I agree with raspberry -- Epicurious has a great chocolate/raspberry frosting that would be lovely, especially if you double the amount of raspberry (since you'll be using it as a filling).

          2. PikaPikaChick Sep 13, 2007 09:27 AM

            I'm always a fan of filling cakes with mousse.

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            1. re: PikaPikaChick
              chowser Sep 13, 2007 11:55 AM

              I like chocolate mousse in that cake, too, with a very thin layer of chocolate ganache first. It's also really pretty w/ a thin layer of white buttercream and then chocolate mousse on top.

            2. Candy Sep 13, 2007 08:28 AM

              I think a rum flavored butter cream would be wonderful with the chocolate

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              1. re: Candy
                adventuresinbaking Sep 13, 2007 09:09 AM

                That does sound good. I do realize I forgot to mention that someone at the party is in AA, so no booze in the food.

                I will put it down on the list for the next time I make this cake for a wider audience.

                1. re: adventuresinbaking
                  Candy Sep 13, 2007 01:17 PM

                  You can get rum extract in the baking aisles of most groceries.

                2. re: Candy
                  Kelli2006 Sep 13, 2007 09:09 AM

                  Candy, I like your idea. but a pastry cream/buttercream flavored with Kirschwasser or Framboise would also work.

                  simple syrup with rum, or rum by itself is also a possibility.

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