Monday 28 July 2008

Lopsided chocolate cakes, mojitos and friends...

Yes I cursed the cake. It tasted great, no problem there, it was aesthetically not as pleasing as I would have liked. You see..I thought I had two 23cm springform cake tins (well in SA I had so many I could not keep track) but when I went to fish them out I discovered a mistake had been made...in DUBLIN I only own ONE. Sadly the cake batter had already been doubled and was lusciously brown and silky waiting for its receptacle for the final phase.
Anyhow...I had to place ALL the batter in the tin, bake and pray...that it did not get burned by the required extended cooking time. The cake came out of the oven lovely and large and I was rather pleased with the result.
Sadly when it came to cutting the cake in half for icing and sandwiching back together purposes things went a litle awry. I did not do a great job cutting in half...more like 1/3 - 2/3 ratio, then I iced it and discovered that the cake had a mind of its own and had decided that sliding and sloping was the game it wanted to play. I did actually contemplate baking another cake but considering 350 grams of good quality chocolate had been used for the icing alone I decided I would ply my guests with mojitos and any other form of alcohol they showed an interest in and then the impact of my lopsided cake would go unnoticed.


Of course the day was a great success, food was plentiful...South Africans have a TERRIBLE habit of bringing at LEAST 2 different kinds of meat to a braai, and generally 2 people bring enough to share...when everyone does this the meat pile grows horrifically...the alcohol supply depletes while the men braai and the women chat and we all go home happy.





Just LOOK at all that meat...a casserole dish AND a lasagne dish both FULL.

10 comments:

Tracy said...

Oh boy, I am definately going to have to shed at least 10 KG BEFORE I come and visit you!

Tracy said...

Oh boy, I am definately going to have to shed at least 10 KG BEFORE I come and visit you!

Anonymous said...

Ooooppppsss, sorry..........

Natalie said...

and here I was getting excited at the prospect of 3 comments!!!! I like the 'come and visit you' part of the message.... ;)

Skyara said...

I think you should bake for M&S. That was the best choc cake I have tasted!
Thanks again Nats

Natalie said...

Thanks..I will pass on the compliment to Nigella!!! Thanks you for sharing your birthday with all of us, it is always fun to have a celebration with a purpose!!!

Tracy said...

Come on Nats, take a bit of credit! You know you can cook up a storm!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello there!

You haven't entered on your blog for 2 days now ... so I've had nothing to read (other than work emails) while having my morning cuppa... I suppose not too serious, hey?

Rhett and I are off to the Kruger this weekend (SO looking forward to it), I'm doing the Skukuza 21-k. I know giraffes are your favourites so when I see them I'll tell them "Natalie from Ireland says helloooo".

Valerie said...

yummie-yummie, that choc cake looks GORGIOUS !

Natalie Rule said...

Tracy - Thanks...it runs in the family!!!!

Valerie - It actually tasted EVEN better than it looked I have to say!!!