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Squash Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache

  • Preparation 55 MIN
    Cooking 1 H 20 MIN
    Cooling 3 H
  • Servings 1
  • Makes 8 to 10 servings
  • Freezes
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The flavours of fall are all up in this gorgeous cake recipe! Butternut squash blends together with cozy spices, and the whole is topped with a decadent dark chocolate ganache.

Ingredients

Cake

Ganache

Preparation

Cake

  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Butter the sides of two 8-inch (20 cm) springform pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  2. Place the squash cubes on the baking sheet. Cook for 45 minutes, stirring twice.
  3. In a food processor, purée the squash until smooth. Let cool. You will need 1 ½ cups (375 ml) of the squash purée for the cake.
  4. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices.
  5. In another bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, then the squash purée. Whisk until smooth. Add the flour mixture. Divide the batter between the two cake pans.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of one of the cakes comes out clean. Let cool. Unmould and let cool completely on a wire rack, about 2 hours.

Ganache

  1. Meanwhile, place the chocolate in a bowl.
  2. In a small pot, bring the cream to a boil. Pour over the chocolate. Let sit for 2 minutes without stirring.
  3. Whisk until the ganache is smooth and creamy. Let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally, until thick and spreadable, about 3 hours.

Assembly

  1. Cut each cake in half horizontally to get four layers in total. Divide one-third of the ganache between three of the cake layers. Stack the ganache-covered layers one on top of the other. Top with the remaining cake layer. Completely cover the cake with the remaining ganache.

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