Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Chocolate Hazelnut Celebration Cake
Anyway, I started flicking through my Donna Hay cookbook and came across this recipe. It was the picture that sold me and that it looked like such a great birthday cake and everyone loves chocolate. So I baked the cake on Monday night and put more love into it than I've ever put into anything I've baked (my nana taught me to have all ingredients at room temperature when baking) and I made sure I had the best quality for every ingredient. I made the icing on Monday night as well as it has to cool down afterwards before you really work your magic. So Tuesday night I came home and whipped the icing into the delectable, velvety treat that it turned out to be.
The cake was a hit. I received nothing but great feedback. About thirty people had a slice, including the CEO! Eep! Here is some of the feedback I received via email:
I was lucky enough to get a slice of Jared’s birthday cake – and must congratulate you on it’s total awesomeness! You are the best cake baker ever!!!! It is really really good. I told Jared he must marry you immediately as he is way lucky to have someone spoil him like you do!
OH. MY. LORDY LORD. Best chocolate cake I’ve had in forever.
I refuse to take credit for the above comments as the cake itself wasn't difficult to bake at all and the icing was relatively easy. I think we have Donna Hay to thank for this one. I apologise for the shitty photograph of a slice of cake taken at my desk with the crappy plastic spoon! I was in a bit of a hurry and the lighting wasnt great - but you get the idea!
Happy Birthday Pinky. I love you. x
3 cups brown sugar
1 cup hazelnut meal
1 cup milk
2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup cocoa powder
fresh berries to serve (I didnt do this)
2 cups pouring cream
1 cup cocoa powder
800g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
Posted by Elizabeth and Jared