Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tiger Cakes ~ Baking Chez Moi

Per Nana ~
Whenever I cook or bake, I always try to have everything measured,
 chopped, or whatever else has to be done before I get started. 
This week was no exception. 
However, after chopping the Baker's chocolate into fine pieces 
and adding it to the batter, I realized that I used semi sweet 
chocolate, leaving me with only unsweetened for the ganache. 
I prepared the ganache topping anyway and even though it was strong tasting, 
it seemed to work. Unfortunately, it was not a glossy ganache and I'm 
not sure if it was because of the chocolate I used or if I just screwed it up.
We did enjoy these little cakes - they were quite delicious. 
Because they are so rich, you can't eat too many. 
Per Tricia ~
These little desserts are deadly.  
They are simply delicious and they go down 
 too easily in this "mini-fied" size :)
Dorie's batter consists of the typical ingredients that you would use for 
chocolate chip cookie but she relies on almond flour with just a touch 
of all purpose flour add in. As I added the melted butter to the sugar 
and almond flour I just kept thinking "wow", this is going to be sweet. 
"Old school" Sears mini cupcake tins-compliments of Nana !
It was very rich indeed and adding slivers of chopped chocolate 
(to get the "tiger" marks) added to the candy like quality of these little gems. 
And that's all before I added the optional chocolate ganache glaze. 
A little goes a LONG way, which is actually great.  
And while we don't need such decadent desserts hanging around, I do 
think these would be a great way to update the typical chocolate chip options 
and make them a more impressive and  "company worthy" little treat.   

This marks another Tuesday recipe testing as we cook along with the "Tuesdays with Dorie" online group.  Please note that we do not post the recipes, per the group rules, but we do encourage others to RUN out and buy their own copy of Dorie Greenspan's "Baking Chez Moi".  Better yet, buy the book and JOIN THE GROUP ! www.TuesdaysWithDorie.wordpress.com


  1. I don't know about chocolate chip cookie ingredients Tricia - these reminded me of financiers. Yours are GORGEOUS (I need to work on my stripes!) and I agree that the minified size makes them too easy to eat. I halved the recipe and am glad I did otherwise I would have eaten the lot. So good. Nana - I actually didn't have enough chocolate for a full recipe which is why I halved the recipe (and yes, I had measured out most of the ingredients including the butter when I realised!). Good job this week, ladies!

  2. Both results are amazing, Nana And Tricia! I should add this Tiger Cakes to the Zebra Cakes I made from another book - in the section of Special Treats!

  3. Your cakes look great. I have to work on my ganache. Tricia your ganache is so glossy you can almost use it as a mirror. great job.

  4. Fun to see two different bakes, from two bakers, in one post. Great job! I like what I'm seeing here. Among them: the perfect, even and golden rings around each cake in the pan. Don't know how you get that!

  5. We loved these too. They were delicious and addictive. I froze half for the next time I have guests. Glad that your families enjoyed them.

  6. Not going to lie. I ate a lot of them. They were so good and so complex I just couldn't stop! Both of you did a lovely job!

  7. Not going to lie. I ate a lot of them. They were so good and so complex I just couldn't stop! Both of you did a lovely job!

  8. Tricia-- Gorgeous ganache and very appropriate choice of plate! Nana-- Yours looks more like frosting, but there's totally nothing wrong with that. Yum!

  9. I always enjoy seeing both your renditions of the baked good. Nana, I think thought the cakes were very sweet so I think your topping went very well with them. Tricia, both your glossy ganache-topped cakes and serving plate are beautiful.

  10. It's funny how the smaller the treat, the more you eat! Luckily for my waistline, I gave half of my tiger cakes away. As always, it's fun to see both of your treats, and I am glad you both enjoyed them.

  11. I haven't made these ones yet. Tricia, yours look gorgeous! And Nana, I'm glad they were still tasty. They sound delicious.