Sometimes you have days to plot your culinary welcome wagon for your guests. Usually, you only have a ten second epiphany before falling asleep: “I need to bake some kind of cake! Zzzzz”. With mere hours divided between scouring, sweeping, dusting, and freshening your home – you need a recipe that’s easy and inviting.
You will need:
- Betty Crocker Gingerbread Mix
- Jello White Chocolate flavored pudding
- an egg
- heavy whipping cream
- white chocolate chips
- almond extract
- a bundt pan
- non-stick cooking spray
- several tangerines
- cheesecloth or strainer (optional)
Follow the instructions on the box for preheating the oven and preparing the cake mix. Combine the powered pudding mix with the dry cake ingredients before adding the egg and water. You can substitute 1/4 cup of water with the whipping cream or just ad a “splash” as I do.
Coat the bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the cake mixture. Bake according the the instructions on the box. Once you’ve removed the cake from the oven, allow it to cool before transferring it to a serving plate.
Now make the ganache. In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cups of heavy whipping cream to a boil. Add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and a pinch of salt. Remove the pan from heat and add 8 ounces of white chocolate chips. Stir until the chips melt and the mixture is smooth. Note: You can add more or less chips to create the desired thickness of the ganache. Drizzle the chocolate mixture over the cake. It will thicken as it cools, so you can add as many layers of drizzle as you like.
Now all you have to do is add the tangerine slices as garnish. You can refrigerate any leftover ganache in a plastic container to reheat or add another layer just before your guests arrive. The aroma of warm chocolate will be an inviting welcome to your home.
ORANGE-INFUSED GANACHE VARIATION: Collect the zest of one tangerine. Place in the cheesecloth and knot the end to make a sachet. Add the sachet to the heavy cream and bring to a boil. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend before removing the cheesecloth sachet. Proceed with the ganache instructions above.