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Archive for January, 2013

Chocolate cake promise?

Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting

Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting

What’s the promise in chocolate cake?

How does this food adhere to my rules of thumb? Well … it sort of fits into ‘options to suit your health and lifestyle needs’ … sort of.

I actually don’t like chocolate. People who know me are used to that fact, but strangers often won’t believe me. We were browsing recently in the Makana chocolate factory  and were offered a sample which I declined, and had to justify by saying I didn’t really like chocolate. The woman seemed astonished. I did explain that I was looking for gifts for friends and family, hence I wasn’t crazy. This place, by the way, has the most beautiful chocolates, in both taste and presentation.

Sorry for the digression. My husband, C,  does like chocolate, so it shouldn’t be up to me to tell him not to eat it. And dark chocolate is good for you in moderation.

So I have started baking little cakes, that C can enjoy occasionally. The food promise is in a few of the ingredients—chocolate, organic eggs, organic flour—it’s in the look and smell of the cake; and it’s in the upgrade possibilities (serving suggestions).

My first baking effort was this chocolate cake. I found the recipe on Epicurious and have made it 3 or 4 times so far. It always comes out well. I particularly like the fact that it is not too sweet, and not too rich. Just right! Here’s the link to the recipe:

Giant Chocolate Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache and Edible Flowers


Slice of chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting

Serve with strawberries and cream

This recipe’s food promise


Dark chocolate has:

  • antioxidants (flavonoids)
  • some benefits for heart health (lowered blood pressure)
  • potential to regulate stress hormones
  • potential as a mood booster