If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
-J.R.R Tolkien

30 July 2012

Death by chocolate cake

Ehem,here is where I say how busy it's been and blah blah blah, except I'm not gonna. Let's just accept that this blog is not updated daily, not weekly, sometimes not even monthly. Such is life.

Anyhows, here finally comes the recipe for the amazingly rich dark chocolate cake, originally found at Suolaa & hunajaa . I have made it twice, for my other half's birthday (/our engagement party) and for my sister-in-law's birthday. Same cake, different fillings. Many of the pics on this post were taken by Kate, thank you!!

 Death by chocolate cake

200g good quality dark chocolate
6 eggs (separate whites and yolks)
2 dl caster sugar
120g almond flour
50g butter
0,5 dl flour

1. Melt the chocolate and butter over boiling water.
2. Whip egg yolks and sugar until fluffy. Whip the egg whites separately into a firm foam.
3. Add the melted chocolate-butter into the egg yolks.
4. Add flour and almond flour.
5. Gently mix in the egg whites.
6. Bake for about 30 minutes in 180 degrees celsius. The time depends on the oven, just be careful not to overcook to avoid the cake from being too dry. 
7. Allow to cool before filling.

The original recipe had a chocolate mousse filling but I thought that would have been a bit too much, because the cake is also iced with chocolate. I made a fresh lemony filling instead.

1/2 jar of Lemon curd
1 tub of mascarpone

1. Mix the lemon curd with the mascarpone until smooth. Taste and and add lemon curd to desired amount. I prefer plenty of lemon! Next time I would like to make my own lemon curd so I could make it more sour.
2. Cut the sponge and fill. Moistening the sponge first with juice or booze optional. I think I splashed some Coientreau on it...

Chocolate icing

180g dark chocolate
1,5 dl cream

1. Melt the chocolate over boiling water.
2. Bring the cream to boil.
3. Mix the cream to the chocolate until smooth.
4. Spread on the cake and allow to set. Decorate to taste. I had candied violet petals that we found in a little epicerie in Paris, as well as chocolates.

The other version had lemon quark as the filling and groundcherries on top.

Idiotic "I made a cake" grin!

Can I have some cake please? with puppy eyes

May you bake this cake and eat it too! I know I will make this one many more times...