Ingredients

How to make it

  • For cake:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 10-inch-diameter springform pans with 2 1/2-inch-high sides with nonstick spray. Place chocolate and cocoa in medium bowl. Pour hot coffee and hot water over; whisk until smooth. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in another medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat oil and both sugars in large bowl 1 minute (mixture will be crumbly). Add eggs 1 at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Beat in yogurt. Mix in half of dry ingredients. Beat in chocolate mixture. Add remaining dry ingredients; beat on low speed just to blend (batter will be thin). Divide batter between pans (layers will be shallow).
  • Bake cakes until tester inserted into centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in pans on rack.
  • For panna cotta:
  • Place 1/2 cup water in small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over; let soften 10 minutes. Place both chocolates in large metal bowl. Combine cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract in large saucepan. Scrape in seeds from vanilla beans; add beans. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves; remove from heat. Add gelatin mixture; whisk to dissolve. Pour cream mixture over chocolates in bowl; whisk until completely melted. Place bowl over a larger bowl of ice water. Stir often until mixture thickens like pudding, draining off water and adding more ice to larger bowl as needed, about 30 minutes. Remove from over water.
  • Pour 1/2 of panna cotta over cake in 1 pan (mixture may drip down sides of cake). Freeze 45 minutes. Keep remaining panna cotta at room temperature.
  • Remove pan sides from second cake. Using large metal spatula, carefully slide cake off of pan bottom and place atop panna cotta in cake pan. Pour remaining panna cotta over, filling pan completely. Chill overnight. DO AHEAD: Can be covered and frozen for 2 weeks. Defrost overnight in refrigerator before continuing.
  • For chocolate band:
  • place waxed paper strip atop a large one on your work surface. Stir chocolate in medium bowl set over pan of simmering water until smooth. Pour half of melted chocolate down center of waxed paper strip. Using small offset spatula, spread chocolate to cover strip evenly, allowing some of chocolate to extend beyond edges of paper strip, making sure strip are completely covered. Set aside until chocolate just begins to set but is still completely flexible, about 2 minutes. Using fingertips, lift strip and Wrap band around cake, waxed-paper side out, lining up 1 long edge with bottom of cake (band will be higher than cake). Gently peel off waxed paper. Chill leftovers…
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    " It was excellent "
    mumtazcatering ate it and said...
    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!another ***SHOWSTOPPER****
    Mumtaz
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    " It was excellent "
    zena824 ate it and said...
    Ahmed.. this is an unusual cake for sure but it sure looks good... your pictures of it are fabulous as usual...might have to give this one a try.... keep up the good work..
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    " It was excellent "
    vivian ate it and said...
    Wow! Wow!
    I agree with greekgirrrl,
    It is a work of art.
    How do you find the time to make and EAT! these creations :-)
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  • cholena 6 years ago
    Thx 4 all ur comments , Ahmed !!!
    Wow , seems like this one requires lotsa patience ... Seems lyk u have it all : )
    Hmmmm , Lotsa different berries on top will make it just tooooooo perfect , I suppose !!
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    " It was excellent "
    krumkake ate it and said...
    Ahmed, that must be one of the most time-consuming creations you've ever done, but WOW was it ever worth it! That is a thing of beauty, but the flavors are outstanding as well. This is worthy of an award for sure!!
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    " It was excellent "
    jett2whit ate it and said...
    You are definitely the king of that castle cake!!
    beautiful!
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    " It was excellent "
    magali777 ate it and said...
    This is impressive Ahmed, beautiful and mouthwatering, thanks for the pictures too.
    Great Effort!
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  • taylorsue82 6 years ago
    Wow thats some cake.
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    " It was excellent "
    liezel ate it and said...
    I'm sooooo sorry about the 5! This is actually worth a 10!!!!! Everything is just perfect. Bookmarking this one .... Again!
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    Chef Ahmed this is beautiful my friend, looks delicious......as always.thank you......have a great weekend.............
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    I think this should be in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC!!!! For real!!
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    great tasty recipe thanks
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    " It was excellent "
    chefmeow ate it and said...
    Sounds sinful. Great picture, great post. You have my 5.
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