Go ahead and try and reach through your screen to take a little finger scoop of that ganache. I dare ya!.... I know you want to. How can you not when you see all that lovely chocolate yumminess right in front of you!?! And then of course seeing that pretty bundt cake of a coffee cake creation underneath the chocolate ganache probably doesn't help matters much either. I'm sorry. I'm so so sorry to be teasing you with such a delicious cake. I will never, never, never do it again....at least not again today. I can't promise what will happen in the future. ;-)
As soon as I saw this lovely cake on Louanne's blog I took immediate action and printed off the recipe right away. And then the skys opened up and a lovely group of ladies fell upon me. A group of talented ladies that bake together (virtually) on a monthly basis from the cookbook called, Coffee Cakes - Simple, Sweet and Savory by Lou Seibert Pappas .The baking group is called, The Home Bakers. I immediately took action and joined the group. I could not be more delighted to have joined this group as ALL of the recipes in Lou's book are amazing! AMAZING!!!
Without fail coffee cakes make my heart do a little pitter patter dance of happiness. In my world coffee cakes represent sweetness of friendship, closeness of family and surprises all around. Coffee cakes can be eaten anytime of the day in my book. Morning, noon or night. And they taste best when shared with others...especially over a hot cup of tea, coffee or even better, hot chocolate. Happiness is life filled with coffee cakes.
Fruit is often found in these special cakes. Then again so are spices and nuts and dried fruit. Even better chocolate simply lives to be a in coffee cake. Thus the beauty and reality of this Chocolate Ribbon Coffee Cake is magic. The magic comes from the tender and light crumb of the cake that surrounds chocolate, nuts and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon. Perfection. Milk chocolate ganache was my desired addition to this cake. You can do as I did or leave the cake plain. Either way you will make the right choice.
If you do choose to top your cake with a ganache here is the recipe I used.....
Milk Chocolate GANACHE
*1/4 cup heavy cream
*1 bag milk chocolate morsels
In a large sauce pan heat heavy cream over medium heat just until steam begins to rise from the cream. Remove sauce pan from heat and carefully stir in milk chocolate morsels. Stir until morsels are completely melted and incorporated into the heavy cream. Ganache will thicken as it cools. Pour over cake. Any remaining ganache can be stored in refrigerator in a sealed container. Heat in microwave for 30-60 seconds to enjoy over ice cream, cakes or your finger.
Please visit the lovely Louanne's Kitchen for the full recipe of this cake.
Happy Chocolate Ribbon Coffee Cake Baking!
This recipe has been linked up to Trick or Treat Tuesday at Inside BruCrew Life and Buns in My Oven - What's Cookin' Wednesday :-)