I Am Trying To Ruin Your Diet

I went down to see my parents in San Diego last weekend, where I did what I always do when I'm down there: shop with my mother, watch HGTV with my father, and eat as much food as is humanly possible. For some people, a week in Maui is what it takes to push the re-set button. For me, it's a weekend at home.

Anyway, while I was there, my mother made me a chocolate birthday cake that was so insanely delicious that I would actually feel guilty if I kept the recipe from you. The world should know about this chocolate cake. I think it could stop wars. Or maybe---worse!---the horrible union of Vienna and Jake (I give that one ten minutes, what about you?)

This cake is not your typical chocolate cake; in fact, it's more like a brownie. It's squishy and squidgy and dense and rich, and it's topped with a puddle of ganache that spills down to form a sort of moat around the outside of it. And then when you refrigerate the leftovers, the ganache becomes a thick wedge of solid chocolate that hardens on the top of the cake, and when this happens, there is nothing for it but to consume your final slice with a cold glass of milk.

The recipe is here, in case your pants aren't tight enough and you need some fattening up. You will note that it's a British recipe---BBC in the house!---which means you're going to need to convert grams to ounces (or cups) in order to make it. I am a terrible enabler and so I have even found you a handy conversion calculator to help with that. This cake is going to change your life, you watch.

Mar 01, 2010

Fine, I finally fit comfortably into prepregnancy jeans and you go and post that? I wanted to STAY fitting in those jeans. On the other hand, pregnancy turned me off of chocolate, so I do still need to make up for nine months of chocolate I didn't eat.

Mar 02, 2010

Well, at least I'll die fat and happy. Thanks for that. So glad I got that oven fixed.

Mar 02, 2010

That looks delicious!

Next time you are in San Diego, you must go to The Mystic Mocha (http://www.yelp.com/biz/mystic-mocha-san-diego). This is the best breakfast place in SD by far (but be warned: it's small). Best (and craziest) muffins you will ever eat in your life. Can you tell I miss SD?

Mar 02, 2010

Well, I can't make brownies to save my life (seriously, my cooking cryptonite) I wonder if I will have more success with this? Also, I have a digital scale so I am going to attempt it the BBC way, for added technical merit (olympic hangover). :)

Mar 02, 2010

I am crying with longing. Especially as just last week I began a low-carb eating regimen. (Can you tell I hate the word "diet"?)

Mar 02, 2010

Holy moly, I think the button on my pants popped just looking at that cake. I think I need a slice!

Hip Hip Gin Gin
Mar 02, 2010

Wow, now that is a cake! My husband asks for brownies for his birthday every year, but I tell you what this year I'm not asking him I'm just going to make this cake. I have a feeling it will be a big enough hit to make him forget about the brownies for at least a couple of years!

Mar 02, 2010

Oh my goodness!

Locusts and Wild Honey
Mar 02, 2010

Get thee behind me, Satan.

Mar 02, 2010

I've been looking for a cake recipe that's more like a brownie for a little while now since I don't really like the texture of cake, and here you go & post.

Thanks so much, me and the 10-15 lbs I will be gaining from one slice will be over on the couch.

Mar 02, 2010

I think I gained weight just looking at it.

Mar 02, 2010

I think I'm ready for another trip to San Diego, if your parents will have us...

Mar 02, 2010

That cake looks divine! Thankfully I cannot bake to save my life so I won't be eating it anytime soon (and my midsection is thankful).

Now if you wanted to be a TRUE enabler, you would have done the conversions for us. :)

(and apparently it's google.com that your comment form doesn't like)

Holly's mum
Mar 02, 2010

Another handy conversion:

according to the recipe, there are 14 servings in this cake @ 541 kcals per serving.

Multiply by 1000 to convert kcals to calories (541000 calories per serving??). Could make a bit of a dent in your daily allowance.

Elizabeth Sheryl
Mar 02, 2010

(Does her best ghetto-fabulous impression)

Oh No You Di'int!

Mar 04, 2010

That looks fantastic. I would like a piece RIGHT NOW!

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Aug 12, 2010

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Aug 25, 2010

That cake looks delicious, I'm hungry now!

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