Kahlua White Chocolate Valentine Cake
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white chocolate, chopped
butter, unsalted and softened
milk, room temperature
instant coffee powder
WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE: Prepare ganache before mixing and baking cake to allow it to chill.
In large bowl of electric mixer, combine cream and chocolate; set over simmering water until chocolate is melted and stir until smooth.
Refrigerate at least 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally, until very thick; add vanilla and beat until stiff.
CAKE: In small bowl set over simmering water, melt chocolate and cream together; stir until smooth, then set aside to cool completely.
In large bowl of electric mixer, beat batter until fluffy.
Gradually beat in 3/4 cup sugar; beat in whole egg and egg yolk until smooth.
Stir in cooled chocolate.
Alternately stir in dry ingredients and milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients and blending thoroughly after each addition.
In small bowl, whisk egg white with "just a pinch" of salt until soft peaks form.
Whisk in remaining 1/4 cup sugar, beating until very thick and glossy and mixture falls from whisk in heavy ribbon; gently fold egg white into batter.
Pour batter into 8 or 9 inch heart shaped cake pan which has been lined with butter and floured waxed paper.
Bake on center shelf of oven at 350 degrees about 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean; cool in pan 10 minutes.
Turn out of pan, if necessary, first trim any excess crust away from pan rim, and carefully peel away paper; cool completely.
Transfer cake to serving plate; using wood pick, poke holes about 1 inch deep and at about 1 inch intervals in top of cake - Frost with white chocolate ganache.
KAHLUA SYRUP: In small saucepan, combine water, coffee powder and sugar; stir over low heat to dissolve coffee and sugar.
Bring to boil and pour into small bowl.
Add kahlua and stir to blend; cool.