TWD: Devlishly Good Chocolate Shortcakes

Whew! One major holiday down, one big one to go. Now that I have somewhat recovered, I can tell you that Thanksgiving was epic. My friends, we had three pies and one cake for four adults. Plus whipped cream. And ice cream. It was obscene. There are not enough stretchy-waisted pants in the world to satisfy me after the last week of pie scarfing and cookie dough ball chowin’. So how did I end up making yet another dessert?

Well, when said dessert involves a little of this…


I AM POWERLESS IN THE FACE OF GANACHE. If someone ever puts that slogan on a t-shirt I’ll buy one in every color.

This week’s TWD recipe was for “Devilish Shortcakes,” a chocolate variety of the traditional shortcake. Early bakers reported that they weren’t very flavorful on their own, so I decided to jazz mine up with some (woefully out of season and somewhat disappointing) raspberries, whipped cream, and a bittersweet chocolate ganache.

Despite outwardly resembling some things that cannot be mentioned in delicate company, these biscuit-like shortcakes had a nice, subtle chocolate flavor. I used Valhrona cocoa powder, which helped give them some oomph, and I think adding some finely chopped chocolate next time would also be a good idea.

When topped with the berries, soft whipped cream, and warm chocolate sauce, they were pretty incredible. I loved that they were tender on the inside and a little crunchy on top–it reminded me of eating the top layer of a chocolate cake, and everyone knows cake top is the best part! They were mixed and baked in about 25 minutes, which is faster than any chocolate cake I’ve ever made.

What did everyone else think? Were you all desserted out, or up for a chocolatey diversion?

16 Responses to TWD: Devlishly Good Chocolate Shortcakes
  1. EG says:

    I need these in my life! I can't resist ganache either.

  2. Clivia says:

    You had me at crunchy! Especially if there's chocolate ganache. I haven't made these yet but yours look inspiring.

  3. Jessica of My Baking Heart says:

    Beautiful – love that ganache, too! :)

  4. Beth says:

    I haven't seen any of the other variations yet, but yours looks gorgeous. 25 minutes? How could I say no?

  5. Jacque says:

    I haven't made these yet, but looking at yours, I can't wait! They look fantastic!

  6. jillbert says:

    I was deserted out and skipped these, but boy, they look tasty! I'm always up for whipped cream and ganache.

  7. Flourchild says:

    They look so fattening, Im glad I sat this one out.

  8. Jodie says:

    Sounds like my kind of Thanksgiving! Would you believe my husband and my brother don't like pumpkin pie? And my mother in law makes this disgustingly spicy pumpkin cream pie. Sick. I was in need of dessert on Thanksgiving!

  9. Rachel says:

    I am powerless in the face of ganache, too (or any chocolate for that matter)! Looks marvelous…

  10. Judy says:

    Those look so delicious with the raspberries and whipped cream. I went the brunch route, using whipped cream cheese and cherry butter. Still good.

  11. Janey says:

    mmmmm yummmmmmmmy.

  12. Katrina says:

    I'm totally ALL for ganache by the spoonful. I seriously want a t-shirt, too.
    Now, are you talking about cake top that is cut off to even out the cake before frosting it or just the top of a cake, any cake? My chef friend told me in kitchen's she has worked in any scrap of desserts is called "cookie butts", "cake butts", whatever it may be, but that they enjoy those butts and they are always for the chefs.

  13. Katrina says:

    Oh, and I think you win with your desserts for T-day and the number of people. We had a huge crowd of 60 here and I was freaking about our 25-30 pies/desserts.
    I want to come to your place next year. ;)

  14. dmarie says:

    oh, my! I mean, OH, MY!!

  15. TeaLady says:

    Oh, yeah. Chocolate as platform for other things. Works for me. Looks fantastic!!!!

    I would wear that T-shirt in a heartbeat!!!

  16. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says:

    Ohh that looks gorgeous! I'd totally buy that t-shirt too!

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