Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Birthday season

...means chocolate cake season around here.

It starts with Dorie Greenspan's Almost Fudge Gateau. Add in the grated zest of one large organic orange, a splash of grand marnier, and a pinch of cayenne to complement the chocolate; a third of a cup of finely ground blanched almonds to add denser body to the cake. We tend to go with a straight butter and chocolate glaze with just bit of Grand Marnier; this time I used some Scharffenberger mocha dark chocolate made with ground coffee. Made for a bumpy glaze, occasionally crunchy, but delicious. Might try to have some on hand for the next birthday coming up... all too soon.