Sunday, June 14, 2009

Best. Cake. Ever.

Yesterday a good friend of mine invited us over for a belated birthday dinner. He promised to make his signature Chicken Marsala and I promised to bring dessert. I never did have a real birthday cake so I decided to go all out. And of course it had to be chocolate, because for me, there really isn't any other kind of cake.

I went to one of my favorite food sites, Smitten Kitchen, and started researching. Eventually I decided on this recipe and, boy, am I ever glad I did.

Here are all of the ingredients ready to go- I even purchased 10" cake pans specifically to make it. Reconfiguring the recipe to fit my measly 8.5" round pans required math, and I don't do math. The extra few inches of cake were so worth it.

I used two different types of chocolate- a good quality semi-sweet bar and some Hersheys unsweetened coco powder. The recipe called for melting the semi-sweet chocolate with hot coffee, something I had never done before, but I have heard that coffee brings out the flavor of chocolate and makes it richer. Boy, were they right.

Unfortunately I was in such a rush towards the end that I didn't take the time to take pictures of the Seven Minute Frosting, or of the cake before we tore into it.

Sorry- I think I am lucky I managed to get a picture of it at all before it was decimated. Mmmmm I am drooling just looking at the picture. Definitely my new favorite cake recipe.

1 comment:

Sara said...

Um, hi, DELICIOUSNESS. This post may have just changed my mind about not making my son's first birthday cake. And thanks for the directing me to the post about the word/picture book. Such a wonderful, and personalized, idea!