This recipe was originally posted on Sept 13, 2009. I’m reposting it because I’ve updated the photos and think it’s high time *everyone* makes this dessert!
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My mom’s 50th birthday was this past May. She sent me an email a couple months prior jokingly requesting a certain cake that was being sold on-line. The price for this gorgeous hunk of chocolately goodness? $40. Um, hello? Seriously? I’m pretty sure I could make 10 of those cakes for that price. I’m frugal to the core, so I decided that mom would get my own version of her wish, even if she had been joking.
Little did mom remember, she had given me a recipe for a very similar looking cake years ago. I tucked it away with all my others thinking, “Someday I’ll make this.” The day had come.
I was surprised at how easy this cake was to make and the presentation is nothing short of gorgeous. And while mom was the one who had requested such an extravagant cake, she really doesn’t usually eat dessert. (I must have secretly been adopted.) Even she ate this cake, which says a lot. When I served “her torte” again at a party a couple weeks ago along with a couple of other types of cake, she insisted that my friends eat the other cakes so she could take home a slab of this heaping mass of chocolate. Careful. She’s a feisty one.
This cake is nothing if not rich, so I recommend very small slices with some whipped cream and fresh berries to balance it out. And maybe a glass of milk. Also, heating it up just a bit before serving makes it melt in your mouth.
And once you realize how easy it is to make, you can start marketing your very own for only $35 – five dollars in savings from your competition! Hurry! Your business plan is almost complete!
King Arthur, thank you very much for making mom’s 50th birthday extra special. And for saving me $40.
Source: King Arthur Flour Ingredients Instructions Notes Prepare this cake earlier in the day to give it time to set before serving.
Source: King Arthur Flour
Prepare this cake earlier in the day to give it time to set before serving.