Earlier this year, our oldest daughter go married. For her groom I made this AWESOME chocolate cake...
|Yes, there are a Han & Leah, Playmobile and My Little Pony bride and groom on this cake ;D|
This cake is a dense chocolate cake with a whipped ganache filling and frosting and then COVERED [as you can see] with thick AMAZING glossy ganache :)
It is the BEST chocolate cake ever.
You can read more about it and get the recipe HERE.
For our second daughters wedding, this coming Saturday, her groom does NOT like cake :/
....but he does LOVE cheesecake and pumpkin pie.
So why not combine his two loves into a little bit of heaven?
My mom has been making this recipe for years, and we LOVE it!
The pecan, brown sugar, butter topping is AHH-MAZING!
I used a different cooking method,
so I had to try one out for good measure.
There will be a 10", 8" and a 6" cheesecake, stacked like a traditional wedding cake.
(minus the bride and groom toys on top)
Here is the recipe for your gluttonous Thanksgiving pleasure ;)
Pumpkin Cheesecake Sue Ford (my AMAZING mom)
1-1/2 C graham crackers, crushed
6 T butter, melted
1/4 C sugar
Mix and press into bottom and up the sides of a 10" spring form pan. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
3- 8 oz. cream cheese
3/4 C brown sugar
3/4 C sugar
5 large eggs, one at a time
2 C canned pumpkin
1/2 C whipping cream
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 t ground cloves
Spoon onto crust. Bake at 325F 1-1/2 hours or until set (won't jiggle, about 1 hour longer in Utah, seriously). Then top with topping and bake 15 minutes more.
Here are my modifications for the 10" groom's cake layer. I cooked it in a bain-marie/water bath (follow Martha's directions HERE or watch a video HERE). I cooked the 10 " cake for 2-1/4 hours at 325, then added the topping and cooked for 15 more minutes. (the jiggle was still slightly there) Then I turned off the oven and let it cool in the oven for several hours. Bring the foil up over the top to cover and refrigerate overnight. [To read more about why a bain-marie is important click HERE]
3/4 C Brown sugar
6 T chilled butter
1/2 C pecans (chopped or whole) I brake them up by hand so they are not to big, nor too small :)