If I had to do Rocky Road again, I would rethink it…
1. The cake turned out to be really light and tender. Filling it made it a bit unstable.
2. I used a Cooks Illustrated recipe for the icing. This turned out to be a little heavy for the light cake. It’s like a ganache with butter added and it hardened up quite a bit. A description on Chowhound said that it was like the “stuff in the can”. I should have just used a whipped ganache or an American butter cream. I took a break to eat dinner and came back to finish icing the cakes and it was too hard to work with. I just dipped the remaining cakes in melted chocolate.
3. I mixed the peanuts into the icinge. This wasn’t very attractive and might be borderline gross. After I dumped the nuts in, I thought, “How am I going to pipe this?”
Maybe it will all seem better in the morning.