I have my first commissioned cake this weekend. It is a baby shower and the mom to be wants chocolate cake. She requested one layer to have buttercream filling and said to surprise her one the second layer. I am still very new to caking and am looking for some suggestions as to your favorite or most requested fillings for a chocolate cake. I was planning on doing a butter recipe chocolate cake, but am not against trying something different before this weekend.
Also, if anyone has any suggestions as to decorations...I would appreciate them. The theme is western/farm animals. It will be a two tier cake. I've got a few ideas from cakes that I've seen here on CC, but I'm open to other ideas too.
You could do a chocolate ganache filling. I like to do that with a thin layer of raspberry jam. Tastes like a Ghirardelli candy bar.
I saw a farm animal cake on the pinkcakebox.com website today that is so cute. You could use it for an idea, perhaps.
How about a fruit type mousse? I found a nice recipe for a Raspberry Mousse in the recipe section here. I haven't tried it yet, but it got really good reviews. It is essentially cream cheese, coolwhip and a seedless jam. That would be good with chocolate I think. Personally I'd do both layers with it.
Nutella mousse? If she likes hazelnut.
I do what caincakemaker suggests all the time...yummmmmm. Make a fresh raspberry puree if you can; if not seedless jam works well. I whip the ganache too.
Nutella is a GREAT suggestion WOWEEE is that good with chocolate cake, but I generally would not want to surprise someone with a nut filling, in case of allergies.
I love Bavarian cream filling, counter-balances the blatant sweetness of the frosting and chocolatey-chocolate of the cake.
Or, I'd go with raspberry....tried and oh so true!
Black cherries and chocolate ganache with cream is really delicious. Chocolate with a caramel filling works well too.
Whipped white chocolate ganache, or white chocolate mousse.
Or how about a whipped cream cheese filling? Oh YUM!!!!
Fruit based, strawberry, or raspberry thickened puree.
Thanks everyone. The mousse or cream cheese style filling sounds great...I'm think raspberry might be a good one to go with.
Another question though, how stable is the mousse with cream cheese? How long can it be out after being filled or decorated?
Favorites around here: Chocolate raspberry ganache, caramel IMBC, cookies and cream, sweetened whipped cream (with or without chopped toffee bits). Yum!
Just wanted to thank everyone again for there suggestions.
I went with a chocolate cake with raspberry mousse. I was a huge hit with everyone. I'm still getting phone calls about how delicious it was. I posted a pic of the complete cake. Let me know what you think. I feel it was ok. I ended up with an absessed tooth and a trip to the ER with a killer migraine, the day before the cake was due.
I would appreciate honest feedback so I know what I am doing right and what needs improvement. That's how we learn.