I love birthdays. I love layer cakes. I love candlelit dinners. I love easy recipes that require only one vessel and one utensil because I don't love doing dishes. I love ganache and I love cherries and I love fresh flowers. I love Lucky Peach. I love baking for gifts. I love cake. I don't so much love chocolate cake (banana anyone?) but I do love baking them. I love Fridays. I love new mates. I love this.
Recipe here from fellow food blogger (and published cookbook author, heyo!) Hungry and Frozen but originally it's from Lucky Peach, the excellent food journal I subscribed to for my birthday present to myself (it was, err, one of many). It is a very very very easy cake to make. You heat cocoa and water in a pot and let it cool. Then you add all other ingredients (flour, sugar, olive oil, baking soda, yoghurt, and an egg) to the pot and whisk well. I used yoghurt instead of the stated buttermilk, cut the cake in half and filled with heaps of pitted morello cherries from the jar (Delmaine are great), and heaps of the juice they come in (for an eighties black forest gateaux kind of vibe), then carefully placed the other half back on top. I then slathered it in ganache, which was made by heating a 300mL bottle of cream and a chopped up block of Whittaker's Dark Block until nearly at boiling point, removing from the heat, stirring until the chocolate melted, and leaving to set in the fridge for about an hour. I dotted some of those silver balls around the edge, and then some flowers on top. It was awesome.