Before I begin my melliferous dwellings on how gorgeously decadent this cake is, please allow me to apologise. As you may be aware, this blog was supposed to be a medium to document my relentless love of not only fashion but also baking and at its inception, I had envisioned that I would bake a weekly array of delicious goods and capture whimsical images of them whilst simultaneously managing not to outgrow my wardrobe. But somehow, the natural evolution of my blog began to emphasise the 'frocks' and less so, 'the other frivolities' and despite my valiant attempt to bake more regularly, life (that is, final year of med school and all its concomitant paperwork) rudely intercepted me at every step. This week, I finally had an excuse to triage baking to the top of my priorities because it was my dear father's birthday ... which was such a relief for my recent baking withdrawals!
But moreover, the cake.
I have been an avid fan of David Lebovitz for aeons (his tiramisu and panna cotta recipes are regulars in my repertoire) so when I needed a reliable resolution to my dad's fastidious tastes ("please, not too much sugar Mandy and you know I hate icing!"), I remembered this recipe of his that I had bookmarked a few months ago. The cake itself is technically quite simple (I did have majestic plans to create chocolate lace to embroider the margins but in the end I went for a more minimalist aesthetic) but it is the moist chocolate base swimming in the rich ganache frosting that makes it transcendent. I wish I took a picture of the interiors because it was one of my neatest layering works to date! Definitely a recipe that is kind to any baking skill level and will most certainly please every chocoholic's palate.
...And my fussy dad's verdict? Well, I think the fact that he ate it for breakfast the next morning is irrefutable proof that it was a raging success. ;)
Recipe link here
Much love, Mandy. xx