I didn't tell you but we were off to Croatia last week. My husband's birthday was celebrated loudly with the Croatian part of his family and a Cappuccino layer cake was baked for him by one of his cousins.
Coming back home and facing the first day of work again, I had to bake something that the hubby could take to work for a belated birthday celebration there.
We had apples, chocolate, and the basic cake ingredients at home. So what would have made more sense than trying a recipe that combines everything I had at hand?
Adapted from Chefkoch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
190 g (6.7 oz) butter, soft
150 g (3/4 cup) sugar
120 g (4.2 oz) dark chocolate
250 g (2 cups) flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
200 ml (7/8 cup) heavy cream
powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F).
- Peel apples, remove core, and cut into slices. Mix lemon juice, honey, and a bit of water and marinate apples while preparing the cake batter.
- Beat together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time.
- Melt chocolate over hot water (or in microwave) and add to butter mix.
- Combine flour and baking powder and mix into batter, alternating with heavy cream.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and arrange apple slices on top, pushing them a little into the batter.
- Bake for 45 minutes, covering with baking parchment after 30 minutes.
I used only 3 instead of 4 apples.
And less butter (190 g instead of 250 g), more chocolate (120 g instead of 100 g), and more cream (200 ml instead of 150 ml).
And I baked it for only 45 minutes instead of 60 minutes.
I don't know!
My hubby took the whole cake to work and didn't bring back a single crumb... I guess that's a good sign though. He said that everybody liked it but he thought it was a bit on the dry side. It just seems to be my luck with chocolate cake lately.
Is there anything you baked but didn't even eat/try for yourself?