My cousin Rick loves chocolate and I decided to make him a chocolate overload cake to celebrate his special day.
I made a chocolate layer cake, covered it with chocolate icing and added a dark chocolate ganache drip. Then I went to town! I went to Bulk Barn and loaded up on all different shaped chocolates: chocolate covered pretzels, dark almond bark, rosebuds, small choco squares, chocolate sticks and chocolate candied popcorn. I even chocolate-covered some limited edition peanut buttter chocolate pie Oreos that I had on hand. Then the fun began.
I loaded up the cake in a collage of chocolate. It looked like a mountain. The big challenge was to find a space for the candles. But I managed! The other challenge was to cut it up. But somehow, I found a way.
What happens when it snows on Easter weekend? A few years back it did just that so I made a little Easter chocolate cake in response. Just when our corner of the world is having its spring awakening, winter won’t let go. This cake is a wave goodbye to that darn cold season and questioning, “What the heck is that white stuff doing on the back of the Easter bunny!”
I was asked to bring dessert to a party last minute. I popped some cupcakes into the oven but how was I going to decorate them?
I looked in my cupboard for inspiration and found a small box of chocolate leaves that were given to me as a gift. Perfect! I filled the cupcakes with some creme anglais, then piped on some buttercream, a drizzle of melted chocolate and then topped them with the moulded leaves. I think it worked really well.
It was -20C outside over most of the weekend and I just didn’t want to face it, so I baked. This week’s food section in the Ottawa Citizen featured “The rustic flavours of Florence” and I thought anything that gave even a small suggestion of Tuscany in this tundra-world I live in, might warm things up around here.
The cake they featured was a gorgeous thing called Torta di pera e cioccolata. Pears and chocolate. I had a couple of pears kicking around the house. Why not give it a try?
The challenge for me was there were no cup or teaspoon measurements in the directions. All weighed ingredients in either grams or ounces. So I pulled out the trusty scale and gave it a go. And I think it worked really well. It tasted great!
Recipe from the book: Florentine: The true cuisine of Florence by Emiko Davies (Hardie Grant, Chronicle Books, 2016).
I think it’s pretty funny that every day of the year is designated as a national food holiday. Believe it or not, there’s a Lobster Thermidor Day (Jan. 24), a day dedicated to Cold Cuts (March 3) and even one called Something on a Stick Day (March 28).
January 27th has been deemed National Chocolate Cake Day. Now there’s a day I can get behind! Happy National Chocolate Cake Day to all!
If you want to see all 365 days and their particular food designations, here’s the link: National Food Holidays.
If you love chocolate, chances are you want a chocolate cake for your birthday. How about a chocolate cake covered with a layer of poured chocolate ganache icing and chocolate buttercream roses?
Ya, that’s what I think. I want that too! It’ll be a happy birthday indeed.
A friend of mine celebrated a milestone birthday this past weekend and I offered to make her a cake. Her only request? Chocolate.
Sigrun is a long distance runner, a cook extraordinaire and a gardener who has an encyclopedic knowledge of flowers. She’s also a very accomplished artist and has taught art classes too. So…what to make. A running shoe cake? Buttercream flowers? Hmmm.
I decided on doing something a little more free than my usual cakes…something that recognized the gardener in the birthday girl but also the artist.
So, I piped flowers from coloured chocolate and placed them on a four-layer chocolate cake, topped with a dark chocolate ganache drip.
A super bright and happy cake for a gal with a sunny disposition.