Five Photos, Five Stories: Chocolate Cake

May 22, 2015 Farrokh's Birthday 001


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.


Our friend cut generously huge slices of her cake to share with us all.

Our friend cut generously huge slices of her cake to share with us all.


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.


May 22, 2015 Farrokh's Birthday 006


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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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

23 responses to “Five Photos, Five Stories: Chocolate Cake

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  3. You made my mouth water with this one, WG! Your friend surely must have just loved every morsel of that beautiful and thoughtful gift of cake. You’re such a good person!

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  5. I practically OD’d on chocolate just reading your post. Most impressive: both your skill as a baker and dedication as a friend.

    • Thank you, Rickii. That is very sweet of you. We are mutually good to one another 😉 My friend came laden with gifts she made form herbs to help us through the coming heat. So, are you a chocolate lover, too? Chocolate has always been an expression of affection in my family 😉 Hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend, WG

  6. Wow, AMAZING confection! What a good friend you are to offer such a gift. Chocolate is the 6th food group, right?;-)

  7. Oh, that cake looks scrumptious! I’m practically drooling. Thank you so much for the link and the kind words, and the invitation to the challenge. I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

  8. Looks absolutely wonderful and mouthwatering, WG. Wish I had been there to share a slice with you all.

    • I wish you two had been with us as well 😉 Am not inviting Toby, as he and our cat would have had an interesting time of it…. but you would love visiting with our friends, and would find much in common, besides the cake ❤ Best wishes, WG

      • Toby is frightened of cats. He’ll even pull me to walk on the other side of the road if he spots one.

        Would be lovely if we could meet up one day. I’m planning to meet up with some British bloggers in the Summer. Will be the first time I have met another blogger(s). Am looking forward to it.

        • Yes it would, Hugh. I’ve met up with a few bloggers over the last year, and always had a perfectly delightful time. I hope you’ll have a good time with fellow bloggers this summer. Several of us on the East Coast of the US are beginning to express interest. One of us just needs to set a time and issue an invitation 😉 Ollie, our cat, actually let my husband know that a deer had wandered into our yard yesterday while I was away, and then went out of doors with him to chase the deer out of the garden! He is a fiesty guy, and I would not wish that on Toby. We’ve never gotten a dog or another cat for concern of how Ollie would treat them. Is this a holiday weekend in Britain? We have friends visiting the beaches in Normandy to commemorate Memorial Day. Best wishes, WG

          • Yes, it’s a bank holiday weekend here in the UK as well although Scotland, for some reason, does not have a bank holiday. I am not sure why but can only guess that they have another day as a holiday instead of the rest of the UK.

            Wishing you a lovely day, WG.

  9. farseems

    What greater blessing in life, than to be blessed with friends who have the talent and ability to create the best chocolate cake ever. Thank you dear friend. A birthday to remember for many many a year. What a lovely evening. We are going to stretch our cake for a long long time

  10. I love chocolate! The cake looks wonderful!

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