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4 Layers 4 Textures, 1 Chocolate Cake

by Pierce Abernathy

Inspired by jocooks.com

Ingredients

for 12 servings

  • 10 graham crackers, crushed
  • ¾ cup
    granulated sugar, divided (162 g)
  • 3 tablespoons
    granulated sugar,
  • ⅓ cup
    cocoa powder, plus 4 tablespoons cocoa powder, divided (70 g)
  • 14 tablespoons
    unsalted butter, 1 3/4 sticks, melted, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • ½ cup
    all-purpose flour (60 g)
  • 2 cups
    whole milk (480 mL)
  • ½ teaspoon
    cream of tartar
  • 1 ½ cups
    heavy cream (360 mL)
  • 2 tablespoons
    powdered sugar

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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Line an 8-inch (20-cm) square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and 6 tablespoons of melted butter until fully incorporated and mixture looks rich and chocolaty.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the baking pan and pack down to fill the bottom of the pan.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool.
  5. Reduce the oven temperature to 325˚F (160˚C).
  6. Separate the eggs into two large bowls.
  7. Add the remaining ¾ cup (150 g) of granulated sugar to the egg yolks and whisk until pale yellow.
  8. Add the remaining 8 tablespoons of melted butter and the vanilla, and mix until fully incorporated.
  9. Sift in the flour and ⅓ cup (40 g) of cocoa powder, and mix thoroughly.
  10. Slowly add the milk, stirring continuously, until a very wet batter forms.
  11. Beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until medium peaks form. Whisk a third of the egg whites into the egg yolk batter, then gently fold in the remaining egg whites with a rubber spatula.
  12. Pour the batter over the graham cracker crust and bake for 40 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center jiggles slightly. Let cool for at least 1 hour.
  13. In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form and the cream has doubled in volume.
  14. Sift in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and the powdered sugar and fold with a rubber spatula to incorporate.
  15. Invert the cooled cake onto a cutting board. Remove the parchment paper and flip the cake again so the graham cracker crust is on the bottom.
  16. Spread the chocolate whipped cream onto the cake.
  17. Slice and serve.
  18. Enjoy!
 

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