Do you love chocolate? For some of us, chocolate is a passion.
And our friend, who celebrated her birthday with us this week, loves chocolate more than most. I wanted to make for her the ultimate chocolate birthday cake.
I grew up with a dad who remains passionate about chocolate. One of the first recipes I ever learned to make was chocolate mocha frosting, to make his favorite cake for him.
And so that is how I gave up on gardening for a few days this week to spend time cooking instead.
The cake was a two day love affair with chocolate. It is a chocolate blackberry jam cake, filled with blackberry chocolate cream cheese frosting and covered in dark chocolate ganache.
Have you ever tried chocolate blackberry jam cake? It is rich and satisfying, like a wonderful jam filled chocolate bar. It is an old fashioned cake, made with six eggs, molasses, butter, and lots of cocoa and jam.
The aroma of blackberries permeates the entire house as it bakes. And then the following day, we smell the chocolate melting into the buttery cream as the ganache blends, and is then poured in thick dark curtains of chocolate over the top and sides of the cake. Sheets of chocolate cinnamon candy, wrapped around the sides and top of the cake, encase it all.
We had a great time eating huge slabs of this special cake together, and our friends generously left a bit behind for me to share with my father.
I think there was enough chocolate to satisfy us all, and we all happily celebrated our special friend on her special day.
Barbara, at Silver in the Barn, invited me to join the Five Photos Five Stories Challenge, and this is my fifth and final post in the series.
This is a simple challenge: To participate, you simply post a photo each day for five consecutive days, and tell a story about each photo. The story can be truth or fiction, poetry or prose.
Each day one must also nominate a fellow blogger to participate in the challenge.
Today I would like to nominate Robin, at Breezes at Dawn to play along with us.
Robin and I share a love for wildlife, gardening, and sunsets. Her photos are some of the most exquisite and loving photos I’ve seen anytime from anyone. I hope Robin will agree to accept the challenge, and that you will visit her, if have not followed her already. Robin tells wonderfully insightful anecdotes about life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Thank you for visiting today to eat the cake with your eyes, and my apologies for not offering you an extra fork. I hope you will join your happy birthday wishes with ours for our special friend.
One day I might get around to posting the recipe for this unusual cake, but I’ll need to make it again first. And that might take a day or three……
Woodland Gnome 2015
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