I love baking and trying out new recipes, so when I knew I was hosting a meeting of Penkhull Press I flicked through my cookery files and found a recipe for a chocolate and ale cake. It was one on Delia’s and with a Delia Smith recipe you can’t go wrong. Or can you?
It all began well. Making the cake was easy. Just put all the ingredients in together and whisk. In the meantime melt the chocolate with the Guinness, beat in the butter and chopped pecans and use to stick the two cakes together. The remaining, pecan less icing, went on top. Simple!
Not so. :-((
Icing has never been my strong point. I’m a throw it together cook and hope it tastes good. On Master Chef I’d be thrown out for my total lack of presentation skills. My attempt at decorating this cake however, wasn’t bad.
I was so impressed with myself I called to Mike to come and look at what I’d done! By the time he arrived in the kitchen, disaster had struck. A huge fault line appeared right across the top of the cake, then another smaller one running off from the first. Not even the icing, full of booze though it was, was holding it together.
I went to bed full of dire forebodings. All the next day I kept checking in case the cake completely cracked up. Nerves taut I finally served it up.
And no one noticed the cracks!