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Sep 13, 2007 07:10 AM

What to fill a cake with


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?

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

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    1. re: Candy

      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

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

      2. re: Candy

        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.

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

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        1. re: PikaPikaChick

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

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          1. re: AlaskaChick

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

            1. re: AlaskaChick

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