by Heather Harris-Brady
Once upon a time I read a short story about a young career woman who received a package in the mail from her grandmother. It had a cake recipe, a heart-shaped cake pan and a note that she was to bake the cake on Valentine’s Day because it would bring her true love. With reservations she made the cake as instructed. It was raining really hard and since she was convinced no one would show up she cut a piece of cake. You can guess what happens here – there’s a knock at the door, a handsome stranger who needs to use her phone and he just happens to end up her true love.
Now I can’t guarantee that if you are looking for true love this cake will call them to your door. But even if it doesn’t you’re home with a chocolate cake, so either way – win, win!
Heart’s Desire Cake Recipe, Makes one 9″ cake (about 12 servings)
Mix in a bowl:
1-3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. dark cocoa (It’s a lot, I know)
1 c. sugar
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 T. instant coffee
1/3 c. ground almonds
1/3 c. ground hazelnuts
Add 1 c. buttermilk, 1/2 c. olive oil and 2 t. vanilla.
Pour into a greased 9″ pan and bake – 20-25 minutes if you want a soft center, 30 minutes if you want a cakey center.
You can serve it as is, with raspberries and whipped cream or drizzle it with kahlua. But, because every now and then one should pull out all the stops – I covered it in chocolate ganache.