But a little confession is that I actually checked this book out of the library before the earthquake.
And yet another confession that I've so far made three cakes from it.
Chocolate Cakes by Elinor Klivans is a feast for the eye and a feast for the shaken soul.
I made this Zebra Cake for Father's Day. It's a slightly smaller than average cake, and with my crew it lastest probably a total of 1 minute!
When we had company over for dinner and to stay the night in our undamaged house this week, I made this Spicy Cranberry and White Chocolate Cake for desert. It is beautiful. It is a keeper.
And yesterday I made this cake... just because. Mocha Whipped Cream Truffle cake. It has four layers sandwiched with chocolate ganache and coffee cream.
It doesn't matter that not many of us have had much of an appetite this week. Just knowing that there is chocolate cake in the fridge is comforting.
I would really like to try making this cake - Chocolate and Peanut Butter Mousse Cake.
Only you need Peanut Butter cups to make it, and we don't have Peanut Butter cups readily available in New Zealand (I know - feel very sorry for us). There is a little shop on Manchester Street that sells them , but you'll forgive me if I'm not going anywhere near the city centre just now.
Anyway, I've just had a piece of the above mentioned Mocha Whipped Cream Truffle cake for my morning tea, and now I don't want to see another piece of chocolate again in my life. Ever.