December is always super busy for us--as it is I am sure for a lot of people. On top of holiday events, we celebrate two birthdays with a fun outing, a special meal and a homemade cake. This year, I took my husband to paint a bowl with me at our local paint-your-own pottery place. It was lots of fun. I highly recommend it for a date. We picked up beverages and then the two of us worked on the piece he selected: a chopstick bowl. In the afternoon, the kids took him to the movies while I made his special meal and dessert.
The chocolate cake was really decadent and rich--definitely not for the faint of heart. It's really dense and wonderful with a dollop of freshly made whipped cream on top. Of course, you don't have to wait for a birthday to try it!
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|Chocolate Overload Cake (serves 8-10)|
Use the very best quality chocolate you can find in order to ensure amazing results.The cake can be made the day before--cool completely, wrap it well and refrigerate until you are ready to frost and decorate.
8 oz bittersweet chocolate
10 eggs, yolks separated from whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp espresso instant powder
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp confectioner sugar
Dark chocolate bar to make chocolate shavings (optional)