Original Post: I was in my hometown for my Mother’s birthday after 2 years and absolutely had to outdo myself in the birthday cake department to make up for the lost years. Normally I have always ordered her birthday cakes from fancy patisseries but this time I decided to take that responsibility upon myself. That the cake had to be chocolate-based was without question, given the chocolate-hog that she is (fyi: she can finish one 16-piece box of Ferrero Rocher in 16 minutes.). But it had to be different than the usual tea-time chocolate cake. And here who else would come to my rescue than Nigella herself.
She describes the cake as such: Forget the name, this cake is heavenly. The crumb is tender, the filling and frosting luscious. When I made it one Friday, I expected my children, resident food critics much in the mould of the Grim eater, to find it too dark, too rich, not sweet enough: you get the gist. Instead, I came down on Saturday morning to find nothing but an empty, chocolate-smeared cake stand and a rail of crumbs.
I desperately tried to adhere to the recipe as much as possible. But the ever-ticking weighing machine did not allow me to obey her in the butter and sugar department. She also made a two-layered cake sandwiched by a layer of thick frosting. I chose to eliminate one layer altogether. None of us needs the same sin twice over. Here I put down the recipe of my modified version. And once you make it (for which you’ll require patience and confidence) and eat it, you’ll know why she’s called the domestic goddess!
|Picture from the original post. After all it was a Birthday Cake!|
Baking Soda: 1/2 tsp
Chocolate chips/cherries: For garnish
12. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours to get a firmer texture.
13. Now spread the frosting over the top and sides of the cake. (In case you’re making a two tier cake, frost the first cake upside down with the chocolate mixture. Plonk the second cake on top of it to create a sandwich. And then frost the top of the second cake and the sides.) Add strawberries/ cherries/chocolate chips to get a richer look, and if you have a Mom who loves cakes as much as mine does, make it for her birthday!