Thanks to Stephanie of Confessions of a City Eater for choosing this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. I've mentioned before, that S was really eager for me to bake him this cake for his birthday last year. His birthday is in the midst of exams mind you, so I never got around to it. It's a shame that I didn't have an occasion to make this for this week, because it would have looked really spectacular full size. My soft spot for anything miniature won out and I am sure my thighs will thank me.
It seems to me that like myself, Dorie is a bit of a chocolate cake nut, having provided many different recipes throughout her book Baking: from my home to yours. I love her chocolate cupcake recipe, as do I love her cocoa buttermilk birthday cake recipe. Now I have yet another chocolate cake recipe to add to the list because I really loved this cake. Mind you, I did forget to stir through chocolate chips into the batter at the very end, but I honestly don't think it mattered. This cake is densely chocolatey, yet very light at the same time. My favourite way to eat chocolate cake is simple by itself- no frosting, no ice cream, no whipped cream. I didn't particularly care for the frosting that Dorie pairs with this cake. And not just with this cake- I can't really see myself ever using this recipe again. To me, if I choose to use frosting, it has to be smooth and buttery (Italian meringue buttercream anyone?), yet this one was incredibly light and simply puffed away in to oblivion the second it touched your mouth.
I'm glad that S finally gets to eat this cake. He's waited long enough that I just hope it lives up to his expectations. Check out Stephanie's blog for this week's recipe.