I'm on the plane and internet is slow, so this is going to be another quick post. (I have to go to Texas overnight for work. It will be my first night away from Charlotte. I'm not the least bit happy about it.) Here are the pros and cons of this cake, as I see them.
-- If I hadn't just run out of semisweet chocolate, I would already have had all of the ingredients on hand.
-- It gave me an excuse to make a pot of (decaf) coffee.
-- The cake batter came together quickly and easily.
-- I love just baking one layer and slicing it into thirds, instead of having to bake two or three layers.
-- The ganache was delicious, and the cake was surprisingly easy to frost.
-- Did I mention how delicious the ganache was?
Cons:-- Brown on brown does not make for a pretty photograph. I'll be curious to see how everyone else fixed this problem. The other members of the group are so creative!
-- Maybe I over-baked it, but I was pretty unimpressed by the actual cake layers. They were kind of dry, and not as chocolate-y as I wanted them to be.