I would love to have a chunk of that incredible delicious looking confection of yours
I Can Get Satisfaction May 16, 2010
Yesterday I had a craving for chocolate cake. This happens from time to time. I have an idea of what chocolate cake should be. It should be wonderfully moist but still cakey, not a pudding. It should be incredibly rich but not cloyingly sweet. It should stand tall and proud. A proper cake should have presence. It should not look like a brownie cut into a wedge.
It is not exaggerating to say I have tried dozens of recipes. Being a word person, I am often suckered in by an appealing name: chocolate bliss, chocolate seduction, or the classic death-by-chocolate. I have tried them all, following each direction like a sacred ritual. Each time I have been disappointed. Each time the promising name failed to elicit a sigh, a flutter, or a palpitation of pleasure. I was left disappointed and unfulfilled.
Ever the optimist, yesterday I combed the internet looking for a new recipe to try. Hoping that this time I would find the cake of my imaginings. I found this recipe on Simply Recipes. The recipe is a bit extreme. There’s a lot of bittersweet chocolate, there’s a lot eggs, and there’s a lot of butter in this baby. There is also a wonderful whisper of orange zest that both elevates and balances the chocolate. This is a special occasion cake. She stands tall and proud, about three inches high, and promises unabashed pleasure. She’s no tease. She delivers.
Cake Robed In Chocolate And Strawberries June 17, 2007
Like so many women, there are days when my desire for chocolate is nearly overwhelming. However, perhaps because I am a tad high maintenance, my cravings are not satisfied by a mere candy bar. When I crave chocolate I want something rich, decadent, and freshly baked, I want chocolate cake.
When one of these cravings coincided with finding the first of the year’s native strawberries I decided to combine the two, the result was the cake you see above. I made a chocolate cake from my personal culinary bible, The Joy of Cooking. I joined the two layers with a chocolate frosting and then spread a layer of frosting on the top of the cake. On top of that, I arranged blanket of fresh strawberry slices. Finally, I consulted the bible again for directions for my first attempt at a chocolate ganache. The ganache came out a bit more watery than I was hoping for, but the end result was actually pretty interesting, a rich chocolate glaze that revealed the strawberries. The result? Chocolate craving quenched.