‘Tis the season for overindulgence: The Hummingbird Bakery’s sweet and salty chocolate cake
Some of you may not noticed but the last three posts have been made by my husband, whom I love even more now because he’s been stepping in to fill the void as I’ve been a bit busy at work and not had much time to cook. But I’m back, and with a vengeance!
Santa came early to my house this year – and my sweet other half let me have my present early. I’ve been saving up money to buy a Kitchenaid for ages and here it is, ta dah!
And this special gift required a special cake to go with it.
We celebrated our first ‘pre-Christmas’ with our best friends yesterday who won’t be with us this Christmas, so for the special occasion, I turned to The Hummingbird Bakery’s cookbook and decided to make their sweet and salty chocolate cake.
This cake really needs to come with a warning label because it’s really, really rich and totally breaks the scales in terms of calories but it is Christmas and it’s not something that we’ll have again for a very long time.
My one admission is that I had a bit of a disaster in the kitchen (again) and the cake tins were too small when I baked the three cakes. I’m talking major cake overflow in the oven here, so bad that I didn’t even have time to capture the disaster. BUT, I did manage to save the cakes and because I thankfully had a baking tray under the cake tins, I actually turned my baking nightmare into a triumph. I crumbled the excess cake that had overflowed and crushed them up to turn them into a crunchy topping on the cake. I can truly say that it was an inspired idea because this cake (and the chocolate cake topping) is to die for!
It is however super rich and since it’s a little shorter than I imagine the cake should really have been, I now have enough frosting left over to spread on my next cake.
And how do I know it’s a really good cake? Because even with only 6 adults and 2 kids eating, I barely have any cake left over… good tidings to all you chocoholics out there.
I’ve copied the Hummingbird Bakery’s Sweet and Salty Chocolate cake recipe in full here.
Lots of love