When a friend’s birthday is coming, it gives me a reason to browse through all the cookbooks and recipes that I have on hand to select a birthday cake recipe; it gives me a reason to ogle and drool over all the lovely pictures of chocolate cakes posted on websites; and the best of all: it gives me a reason to bake. Well, not that I need a reason to bake, but having someone to bake for delights me. It just makes me want to go the extra mile to make the cake extra delicious, extra pretty, and extra perfect.
This cake was baked almost a month back, for two of my friends’ birthday. Their birthdays fall just two days apart from each other, and it’s a “tradition” for us to celebrate their birthday together. Last year, I baked a Tiramisu Cake, and I’ve gotten rave reviews about it. This year, due to their birthday falling on the examination period, I choose to bake something simpler, less fussy, yet delicious at the same time. With no time to try out baking the cake, I choose a recipe from the recipe book that I’ve always trusted – one of the 500 series. This time, it’s form 500 Cakes by Susannah Blake. The cover of the book states “the only cake compendium you’ll ever need”, and well, I don’t wholly agree with it, because, I can never have enough of cake recipes; but, it is definitely the book that I will go to if I ever need to bake a cake that I need it urgently – because the recipes never go wrong.
The recipe is called a Dark Chocolate-Mocha Mud Cake. Hmmm, doesn’t mocha already encompass both chocolate and coffee? So I’m just gonna rename it a Mocha Cake. And since it’s a birthday cake, shall call it a Mocha Birthday Cake. I guess I just like to change the names of the cakes. Ooops.
recipe adapted from 500 Cakes by Susannah Blake
140 grams dark chocolate, chopped
220 grams butter, diced
300 grams caster sugar
2 tbsps instant coffee/espresso
150 grams plain flour
40 grams self-raising flour
2 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder
100 grams plain chocolate, finely chopped
80 ml double cream