Chocolate Birthday Cake with Berries

Yesterday a friend of mine turned 30 and she asked if I could make her a cake. She did not have any preferences other than CHOCOLATE, so I went for a day wondering what to make. First I wanted to make a chocolate cake with strawberry mousse, but the strawberry season is long gone, meaning that the taste of the berries are gone. So instead I decided to make this chocolate cake covered in whipped cream with crushed chocolate meringue cookies. Making the cake made me totally peckish, but unfortunately we was unable to take part in her birthday – DAMN! But but but that only gives me a reason to make the cake once more 🙂

 

Ingredients (12 servings)

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/8 cup sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 sticks butter

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup dark quality chocolate (70%)

 

2 cups cream

2 cups chocolate meringue cookies, crushed

20 strawberries

20 raspberries

1/4 cup dark quality chocolate (70%), chopped

 

Melt butter and sugar in a sauce pan. Stir to combine. When melted and combined, transfer to a mixing bowl and whisk at medium speed until cooled (takes 5-10 minutes).

In another bowl mix together cocoa powder, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

When the butter and sugar mixture is cooled, add one egg at a time and whisk between each. Then add vanilla extract.

Shift in flour mixture in four batches, alternating with the sour cream, and whisk until just combined. Add the melted chocolate and gently fold it into the batter with a rubber spatula.

Add the batter to a springform pan and bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean in the middle of the cake. Let cool for 20 minutes before loosening the edges of the cake with a butter knife (but do not remove in from the springform). Let cool completely before removing the cake from the springform pan.

Slice the cake into 3 equally thick pieces. I do not have a tool to do it with, so I just use a piece of wire, which works very well.

Whisk the cream until it gets soft peaks. Then whisk a little bit more, but be careful not to over whisk and turn it into butter! It just needs to be thick enough to cover the cake without running off. Add the crushed chocolate meringue cookies when the whipped cream has reached the wanted consistency. Fold until combined.

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Place the bottom of the three cake slices on a cake stand. Spread 1/2 cup of whipped cream onto the cake in an equally thick layer all the way around. Slice 10 strawberries and place them on top of the whipped cream. Sprinkle with half of the chopped chocolate. IMG_1183

Place the middle-slice of the cake on top and repeat the procedure, but replace the strawberries with half of the raspberries. Then top of the cake with the last slice.

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Cover with the remaining whipped cream and decorate with berries. Serve with a good cup of coffee 🙂

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Bon Appétit!

 

Ingredienser (12 stykker)

0.6 dl usødet kakaopulver

2.8 dl sukker

3.5 dl mel

1 tsk. bagepulver

1 tsk. natron

1 tsk. salt

172 g smør

2 store æg, stue temperatur

1 spsk vanille ekstrakt

2.5 dl creme fraiche

75 g mørk kvalitets chokolade (70%), smeltet

 

0.5 liter piskefløde

5 dl rutebiler, knuste

20 jordbær

20 hindbær

0.6 dl mørk kvalitets chokolade (70%), hakket

 

God fornøjelse venner 🙂

Guess what it is… GIVE-AWAY!

The first give-away from Food on Demant is going to be a ‘guess what this is’ give-away 😀

During the years we have developed a number of kitchen tools to help ease the cooking. Below you can see two pictures of tools which we recently developed. As you’ll have to guess what the tools are for, we can “unfortunately” not reveal anything about the purpose of these two tools, but we look forward to hear what you think it is for 😀

To participate in the give-away, you’ll have to leave a comment with what you think the tools are for. The give-away will run until sunday (May 19th) where there will be a random draw between all comments 🙂

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As we have readers/followers from all over the world, the give-away will have to be something that can be send by post. Therefore we have decided that the give-away is going to be 4 plates of Amedei Chocolate. Chocolate from Amedei is not just chocolate – it is definitely the world’s best chocolate 🙂 We could tell about the delicious taste, its creaminess, aroma etc., but the best way to get to know it, is to taste it – so leave a comment and participate in the competition 😀

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Feel free to spread the word to your friends and other bloggers, so they will get the change to taste this fabulous chocolate too 🙂 We hope to get a lot of comments and we look forward to spreading the taste of quality chocolate to one of you 🙂

Chris & Ann 🙂

 

THE GIVE AWAY IS NOW OVER AND WE ARE READY TO REVEAL WHAT THE TOOLS ARE FOR 🙂

First of all, we want to thank you for your contribution in the contest. You have come with some quite interesting suggestions for the use of the two tools and a few of you have got it right 😀

As you can see o the pictures below, the large round tool is a Chili Cheese Rack while the small long tool is used for getting the stem and seeds out of the chilies!

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As promised we made a random draw between all comments, and the winner is comment no. 6, so congratulation to Susanne 😀 Would you please send and e-mail to foodondemant@gmail.com with your address and your chocolate preferences?

Once again, thank you for participating in our give away 🙂