The baking continues with renewed vigour, the kitchen surfaces have been straining under my new purchases, i have found madeline pans, donut pans, springform cake tins of various sizes along with tart tins of tin and silicone. In the midst of admiring my new baking materials I remembered my husband had a very important birthday to celebrate. I took him out on the town sans children, we checked out the Marlene Dumas exhibition at the Tate Modern, as well as the Jamaican hidden histories at the OXO tower, then walking along the south bank and pausing for a burrito before crossing waterloo bridge to catch the Lion King musical (Amazing!). Finally, we finished off with dinner at Dishoom (after a 45 minute wait) , sampling delicious bombay cuisine. He really enjoyed his night, telling me, he was expecting nothing more for his actual birthday the following day but a birthday without cake is just not a birthday at all so but of course, i had to bake.
What cake do you want? I asked him
Surprise me, he said
So i did, with a 2 tier, double layer, chocolate gluten free killer cake covered and filled with dark chocolate ganache. It went down a storm.
Recipe adapted from Lorraine Pascale’s Shameless,flourless, moist & sticky chocolate cake;
180g dark chocolate, grated
6 eggs separated
130g caster sugar
130g ground almonds
150g 400g dark chocolate, grated 300g butter 300ml double cream 225g icing sugar