So on to this delicious dessert... I have made this countless times for special occasions, church events (yes, I think I was criticized for taking a booze-laden dessert to church) and just for a special treat.
At my brother's request, we made it last Sunday. It comes from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook that a few friends bought for me while I was in college. It's a great book that I've found tons of yummy recipes in.
1 recipe Hot Milk Sponge Cake
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons instant coffee crystals
2 Tablespoons rum
2 8-oz. cartons mascarpone cheese or two 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened (I usually do one of each to save money. If it's for a special occasion, I make sure I spring for the 2 cartons of mascarpone)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, grated
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tablespoons Kahlua
1/2 semisweet chocolate, grated
Prepare Hot Milk Sponge Cake as directed, except grease and flour the baking pan. Cool for 10 minutes in pan; remove cake from pan. Cool cake completely on wire rack.
Chill a medium mixing bowl and the beaters of an electric mixer (I put them in the freezer for 15 minutes).
Meanwhile, for syrup, in a small saucepan combine granulated sugar, coffee granuales, and 1/3 cup water. Cook over medium heat until boiling. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in rum. Cool completely.
For filling, in a medium bowl stir together the mascarpone, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the 2 ounces grated chocolate.
To assemble, evenly cut cake in half. Place a cake layer on a cake plate. Brush layer wit half of the syrup and spread with half of the filling. Add the second cake layer; top with remaining syrup and filling.
In the chilled mixing bowl combine whipping cream and liquor. Beat with the chilled beaters on medium speed until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over top and side of cake; sprinkle with the 1/2 ounce grated chocolate. Cover and chill at least 4 hours before serving.
I forgot to add chocolate to this cake... oopsie! Still good though!