Chocolate cake

If you’re getting back on the horse, do it with chocolate.




Googling “dark chocolate cake”

I’m making a wedding cake for a dear family friend and her fiance.  I was feeling unimpressed with the chocolate cake recipes of the past, so I Googled “dark chocolate cake.” Turns out this one from All Recipes has been tried by some 22,000 people. It’s a 4 1/2-star cake with 850+ reviews. Who am I to turn my nose up?

Glad I didn’t. This is one yummy chocolate cake and, as many comments note, even better after a night in the fridge. Meaning it’s perfect for a wedding cake that must be baked a day or so in advance.

Here’s the raw data from a test run:

The Ladybug Express

Now that would be a charming name for a rail line, don’t you think? But alas, it is only a cake. In this case, one I made for a baby shower.

The theme: ladybugs. The components: strawberry biscuit roulade outer layer; three layer of pound cake; white chocolate cream cheese filling; fresh strawberries; covered in vanilla fondant. Or: 16 eggs, 2 pounds of butter, 2 pounds of cream cheese, 1.5 pounds of white chocolate…shall I continue?

I’ll let the pictures speak for the process, save for a little captioning:

First, the finished product

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