Jam-Filled Cake with Chocolate Glaze
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups thick fruit jam, such as raspberry
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2/3 cup heavy cream
20 to 30 Chocolate-Glazed Raspberry Cream Puffs (optional)
- Make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch pan round cake (2 inches deep). In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar on high speed until pale and fluffy, 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, bring milk and butter to a simmer over medium heat. With mixer on medium, gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat until combined. With the mixer on low, add the milk mixture in a steady stream and beat until combined. Fold in vanilla.
- Pour the mixture into the mold. Bake until the top is light golden and a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan, turn cake out onto rack to cool completely (to top), 30 minutes
- . With a serrated knife, cut the top of the cake to make it level, and then divide the cake in half horizontally. Place the bottom layer on a serving dish pie or jam dish and spread evenly on top with an offset spatula. Cover with the second layer.
- Make glaze: Place the chocolate and corn syrup in a medium heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a boil. Immediately pour over the chocolate and let stand 2 minutes. Stir until the mixture is smooth. Pour glaze over cake and spread with offset spatula so it drips down the sides. Refrigerate until glaze is set, about 45 minutes (or up to 2 hours). To serve, cream puffs available (if used) in the top of the cake.