Friday, March 2, 2012

Klecko's Groom's Cake

United We Run

Klecko sucks at being quiet, he says, and then goes on to describe the silence you can (if you are lucky) experience when working together in a team of really good people.

When he posts "UNITED WE RUN", I always feel jealous. In my mind's eye I can see all the efforts of the day coming together in the Saint Agnes Baking Company. The ovens are running full steam, all noses are pointed in the same direction. Beautiful loaves of steaming bread are cooling down in ever nook and cranny.

Klecko had a car crash with the bread truck today. He's alright. When he sees the woman that hit him, he actively decides not to be the nail on her coffin that day, and he swallows his anger. Even if he needs to pee really bad and the law is taking its time getting to the scene of the accident...

Klecko is in Minnesota. I've never been there, but I love Minnesota. For the same reason I love Zanzibar, or Odessa. It sounds good; 'Minnesota'. It's round and friendly and approachable. And it has a romantic ring to it.

Romance is Klecko's forte. He knows all the tricks and the right places and the best moments to strike. Klecko makes an effort and doesn't take love for granted.  Sue McGleno deserves it, and he knows that very well.

And Klecko makes no compromise when it comes to his groom's cake. He's pretty clear about it; 

"It needs to be brown, it needs to be manly and it needs whiskey in it; a cake baked by a man for a man"

I couldn't resist putting a cake together on these loud and proud statements. It is by no means the cake the way Klecko makes it, but it has some of his secret ingredients!



So here is the BreadLaB's take on

Klecko's Groom's Cake

The Batter 

250 gr. / 8.8 oz. (low gluten) AP flour 
  30 gr. / 1.0 oz. cocoa powder
225 gr. / 7.9 oz. unsalted butter
170 gr. / 6.0 oz. water
120 gr. / 4.2 oz. buttermilk 
  35 gr. / 1.2 oz. dark molasses
  30 gr. / 1.0 oz. whiskey
450 gr.  /15.9 oz.sugar
    2 eggs
1 TSP  (4.6 gr. / 0.2 oz.) baking powder
½ TSP (2.8 gr. / 0.1 oz.) salt
100 gr. / 3.5 oz. chopped walnuts
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of black pepper

The Frosting

625 gr. / 22 oz.  confectioner's sugar
 40 gr.  / 1.4 oz. cocoa powder
113 gr. / 4 oz.    butter
  66 gr. / 2.3 oz. milk
½TBSP             whiskey

Method 

Preheat the oven to  176°C/350°F

Spray and dust two 9 inch baking pans, either round or square; I find square to be more manly, so I went with that.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over a medium heat. Stir in the water, the cocoa powder, the molasses, cayenne pepper, black pepper buttermilk and whiskey and mix it all together.

Add the rest of the ingredients: Beat the eggs into the mix, add the sugar, salt and baking powder.  Sift the flour in two additions and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Gently fold in the walnuts into the batter.

Pour the batter into the pans and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes.

Leave to cool on a rack.

In a large bowl, put all the ingredients together to make a frosting. Mix until smooth. Frost the top of one cake, put the other on top and frost all around.

Decorate with salted chocolate chips and shaved chocolate, or to your own manly taste!

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