Archive for ‘Sweet Indulgence’

February 15, 2011

Sweet Valentine’s Indulgence

If you have been reading me for a while now, you probably know that I like to indulge about once a month. I mean, really, indulge! And what better occasion than Valentine’s Day to go for a little (or big!) chocolate extravaganza!

I LOVE to bake and decorate cakes, but I don’t get to do this too often, as healthy and cake don’t really mix well togheter… So for Valentine’s day, I decided to make this super decadent extra rich flourless chocolate cake and decorate it with a few marzipan roses. It had been years since I had made that cake, or marzipan roses, for that matter. Needless to say it took me a long time to make each rose, but I think it was very well worth it in the end. And I was pretty happy with the way they looked. I expected to have lost the touch way more than I did, but much to my surprise, my roses still looked like roses!

What really motivated my decision to opt for that particular cake is that I didn’t need to buy anything at all in order to make it. I had ALL the ingredients that I needed, sitting in my cupboard, all leftovers from my Christmas cooking. That’s pretty much what dictated my choice of a cake for this month’s indulgence. That, and the fact that this cake is to die for, seriously. Think rich, dark, soft, it’s basically like a giant truffle: the only ingredients that go in it are dark chocolate (top quality, of course!), butter, heavy cream and eggs. Loads of them. Look at how rich and dense it is! It’s got to be at least 2 million calories a piece! (and I ate 2 pieces… but shhhht, don’t tell anyone!)

And of course, as if this wasn’t decadent enough, I had to make a salty caramel to go with it. Yet more sugar, butter and heavy cream!

At least, supper was somewhat healthy, even though I had too much to eat. We had chinese fondue, both chicken and beef, with a side of salad, some whole wheat bread and a few classic dipping sauces, such as cucumber garlic tzatziki style, black and green olive in sour cream and honey Dijon. Of course, all sauces were light and healthy. Low fat sour cream and plain yogurt was used instead of mayonnaise. Hey, I can’t be bad all the way, now, can I? ;o)

December 28, 2010

Sweet and Salty Cake – Christmas Edition!

Last but not least, this is the cake I elected to make for Christmas night at my mom’s with the whole family. I had spotted it a few months ago, again, on Jennifer’s site (looks like she is my inspiration for all things decadent!)

This cake was no deception. It is absolutely divine. Decadently sweet and rich, not too salty (in fact, I think I would’ve liked it a bit more salty) the hint of caramel, the rich silkiness of the icing, the moist density of the cake, it’s by far one of the best cakes I’ve ever eaten.

Oh and it was huge. Just look at the size of it! I had made one and a half times the recipe because I wanted to be certain that there would be enough for 18 people. Trust me, there was more than enough. One recipe would have been plenty. But it wouldn’t have been this impressively big. And I liked that. It was an impressive cake, and very nice to look at!

If I ever make this one again however, I would add a little bit more caramel. Maybe it just got absorbed by the cake a little bit too much, since I put it in the middle of the cakes after cutting them in half instead of just putting it on top, like the recipe says, but I find there could have been a little bit more gooeyness coming from that absolutely delicious caramel. I thought it would’ve oozed a little bit more. Also, I would sprinkle more salt on top of the icing between cake layers. Other than that, it was perfect. Oh, no, wait. Maybe I would wet the cakes with a splash of booze, such as rum, or Frangelico, just to make them a little moister (not that it’s all that necessary…)

Just look at that frosting! 

That is nothing but chocolate, heavy cream, sugar and butter. It’s almost like eating a truffle with every bite! Yum factor: 15 on a scale of 1 to 10!

At the party

I am that bad. I had to take pictures even at the party, telling everybody it was for my blog, thinking they would totally understand. Well, I think they did… sort of!

The interior

Just look at that caramel! Seriously, the more I look at it and the more I talk about it, the more I think I will be making this one again for Christmas next year…

December 28, 2010

Popcorn Balls

I’m still not done posting all the goodies (or nasties!) that I did for Christmas. These popcorn balls were part of the “family kits” I was making for my brothers. I thought the kids would really like them. Turns out, I really liked them too! 

I had never done popcorn balls before and I expected them to be really crunchy, hard and sticky, but to my surprise, they are quite soft and chewy. I would say they are the popcorn equivalent of Rice Krispies Squares. Quite yummy, unfortunately. Most probably one of those things that I will get cravings for, eventually, somewhere down the road. Oh well…

This is the recipe I used. Pretty easy. Pretty tasty! Don’t try it… ;o)