As some of you might know I’m not really a chocolate person. Hand me a desert menu and I’ll always pick something vanilla or creamy, like Panna Cotta, Ile Flottante or Crême Brulée.
However, there are those occasions that just call for chocolate. Like coming home after a long day, sitting down and just slipping into comfort mode. This for me involves watching a couple of episodes of Grey’s Anatomy (or Brothers and Sisters, or Private Practice) and eating chocolate. That’s comfort chocolate.
Then, there’s give-me-some-energy chocolate, for those moments at work, where your attention span is just diminishing by the minute, and you just need something to give you that push to get through the rest of the day. A cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate normally sort that.
And then there are those festive moments of celebration that call for something fabulously decadent, like a chocolate cake. Dana’s birthday fell into that category. When I found out that Dana was having a big birthday party, my first thought was: “who’s making the cake?” As it turned out no one, they hadn’t planned on serving cake. What?! A birthday party without cake?! Now that’s a ridiculous thought. So I jumped in and offered my baking services.
What I didn’t know at that point was that I would end up baking 6 cakes for 60 people! Quite a challenge, but then, I’ve always been up for stretching my baking skills. After some lengthy thoughts on what to make, I decided to make my legendary Coconut Victoria Sponge (which had impressed the judges at the baking competition), the best ever Carrot Cake (recipe and photos soon), and, as piece de résistance, a decadent fudge Chocolate Cake.
This cake is really easy to make, but boy, is it impressive! And don’t be scared of it, it looks far more rich than it actually is… Ok, no, that’s a lie!!! It really is a truly decadent chocolate bomb!
This chocolate cake is divine!!!
For not being a dessert person you make some fantastic looking cakes!!
This looks so simple and delicious…but that tart below is what really tempted my tummy. Beautiful food.
now that looks like one delicious cake……chocolate speaks to me…..sigh
The cake looks delicious and perfectly chocolatey! I like how you left the sides unfrosted – nice and simple.
Also, I love your purple cake pedestal! May I ask where you got it?
Thanks all 🙂
Dee, I got the cake stand from Paperchase, a very nice shop in the UK that sells all kinds of stationery and accessories. Found it in the sales for only 4£, bargain! Would have preferred the pink one though, but that was already sold out.
Hi Anne, thank you for stopping by my blog! I really like your blog and your photographs are gorgeous! Especially the first photo of the cake is mouthwatering!
So glad to know you are attending Food Blogger Connect! I look forward to meeting you there.
Oh my dear! How can you do this to me? Göttlich
What size of cake tins did you you….looks like the small ones (circum 18 cm) ?
Hey, yes Evelyne, my cake tin is 18cm. I used a spring form and since I only have one I had to bake the two sponges one after the other. Also, I’ve just changed the info for how many people it is, since I think in the case of my friends it would only be enough for 8. Hope it turns out alright, let me know how it goes!
Just made the Chocolate cake for my best friends birthday! Looks amazing, I’ll let you know if it tastes as gorgeous as it looks! But betting by the taste of the icing it will taste amazing….
Hey Luke! Oh I love it when someone tries out a recipe! let me know how it went and if your friend liked it! And hey, thumbs up for making a home-baked birthday cake!
The cake went down amazing! Had a slice for breakfast infact! The birthday girl loved the light texture and the icing was so tasty!
Best friend loved this cake, it went so quickly! Will definitely make this again. In fact, have plans for other occasions already 😉 thank you Anne for the best chocolate cake recipe I’ve ever come across!
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