How to make it

  • Candied Cranberries:
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  • Pick over the cranberries and remove any berries that are soft or rotten and then place 2 cups of cranberries into a 6-8 cup stainless steel (or other heatproof) bowl.
  • The cranberries are going to be 'steamed' so you will need a steamer or pot that is large enough to hold the bowl of cranberries. Fill the large pot or steamer with a few inches (5 cm) of water and bring to a simmer.
  • Meanwhile, combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Pour the boiling syrup over the cranberries and cover the bowl with a plate. (You need to 'weigh' the bowl down so it will not move around once it is in the pot with the water.)
  • Set the covered bowl of cranberries into the pot or steamer.
  • Cover the pot and steam the berries over low to medium heat for about 45 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let the berries sit in the syrup for 3 to 4 days at room temperature.
  • The syrup will become a little jellied. If using right away, drain the berries before using, keeping the syrup for some other use. If storing, place the covered berries, still in their syrup, in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • Makes about 1 1/2 cups of candied cranberries.
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  • Chocolate Genoise:
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Butter, or spray with a vegetable spray, a 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pan and then line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the melted unsalted butter with the vanilla extract. Keep this mixture warm. If needed, re-warm for a few seconds just before using.
  • In a medium bowl sift together the flour and cocoa powder.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large heatproof bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar.
  • Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Whisking constantly, heat the eggs and sugar until lukewarm to the touch (this will take approximately 5 minutes depending on the temperature of the eggs and the simmering water).
  • Remove from heat and transfer the egg mixture to the bowl of your electric mixer.
  • Beat on high speed until the egg mixture has cooled, tripled in volume, and looks like softly whipped cream.
  • This will take approximately 5 minutes and the batter is beaten sufficiently when the batter falls back into the bowl in a ribbon-like pattern.
  • Then sift about one-third of the flour mixture over the whipped eggs and fold in using a large rubber spatula or whisk.
  • Fold in half of the remaining flour, and then fold in the rest.
  • Do not over mix or you will deflate the batter.
  • Then take about 1 cup of the batter and fold it into the hot butter mixture with a small spatula. (This will lighten the butter mixture and make it easier to incorporate into the egg batter without deflating it.) When completely combined, use a spatula to fold the butter mixture completely into the rest of the egg batter.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan, smoothing the top.
  • Bake until the cake shrinks slightly from the edges of the pan and the top springs back when lightly pressed (about 20-25 minutes). Cool on a metal rack.
  • When the cake has cooled completely, run a small knife or spatula around the edges to release the cake.
  • The genoise will keep well-wrapped two days in the refrigerator or else three months frozen.
  • To Assemble the Cake: Drain the candied cranberries, reserving the syrup.
  • Make a liqueur syrup by combining 1/3 cup (80 ml) of the drained cranberry syrup with the 2 tablespoons of Kirsch.
  • Melt the 4 ounces (115 grams) chocolate and 2 tablespoons water in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Let cool to room temperature.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut the chocolate genoise, horizontally, into two layers.
  • Turn over the top layer of the cake (so the top of the cake becomes the bottom) and center it on your serving platter. Brush the layer with about 2 tablespoons of the liqueur syrup.
  • Beat 1/2 cup (120 ml) of the chilled heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. With a rubber spatula or whisk quickly fold the cream into the chocolate mixture.
  • Immediately spread the moistened genoise layer with the chocolate cream.
  • Place enough drained cranberries evenly over the chocolate cream to cover the cream completely. (The remaining cranberries should be placed back into the left over cranberry syrup, refrigerated, and they will be used for decorating the top of the assembled cake.)
  • Moisten the cut-side of the second genoise layer with 2 tablespoons syrup.
  • Place cut-side down on top of chocolate cream, gently pressing to compact. Brush the top layer with syrup.
  • Beat remaining whipping cream with the 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons (28 grams) granulated white sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread a thick layer of whipping cream over top and sides of cake. If you like, place any remaining cream in a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip (I used a Wilton 1M tip) and pipe large rosettes over the entire top surface of the cake.
  • At this point refrigerate the cake, covered, for 24 to 36 hours before serving (this allows time for the flavors to mingle).
  • Just before serving, drain the reserved candied cranberries and blot with paper towels to remove any remaining moisture, and randomly place on top of cake.
  • Serves 10-12.
  • i know this is a little work but excellent !!!!!

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  • cuzpat 9 years ago
    Very nice Tink!! high 5
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    hungrybear ate it and said...
    Very very good
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  • snowcat17 9 years ago
    Hey Tink put on a pot of french pressed coffee, and I'll bring this cake LOL HIGH FIVE FORKS!!!
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  • minitindel 9 years ago
    Omg i dont know what happened it posted it 3 x with a single click and all the message im getting are doubles and triples so something is messed up here lol it said it didnt post it it went blank then it did this sorry lol
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