If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.
~ W. C. Fields
[strikethrough my own – there are certainly exceptions, but most of the time you’d be a damn fool to quit.]
So. The cake I posted about recently? – yes, the chocolate and herb one – well, perfect icing aside, it was revolting. It made me think of dead grass and stale salt, on which the luxurious quality of chocolate was totally wasted. Please don’t ever make cake with dried herbs. I am all for culinary adventures, but this is one way to make sure you waste food and scare your flatmates.
(We ate almost half of this crazy cake – a real feat. That is all we could manage, and I did not dare let it scare anyone outside my house, so against all my usual anti-food-wastage-ness, I pushed the rest of this inedible cake down the insinkerator today, pausing only to snap this quick memo before this slice met a similar fate as the rest of itself).
The road to cooking and baking well is no dream-laden path; or at the very least, it’s fraught with nightmares too. But I have often been told, and have found, that practice does help. So, with this cake being an utter failure, I decided to try making another cake – without herbs of course!
Chocolate cake is one of those seemingly common desserts, and I was surprised that it took me around half an hour to finally locate a decent recipe for one…
By decent, I mean that it 1. does not require a gazillion different tools and rare/excessive ingredients, and 2. at least sounds like the result will be worth the work.
It was such a bonus to find this recipe from Clotilde at Chocolate & Zucchini which sounded almost too simple to be true – and which I could imagine would yield a good cake to overthrow my current invisible title at home of Chocolate Cake Disaster Extraordinaire.
Here we are – it’s now in the fridge where it will stay for a few hours, and perhaps we shall have some later tonight.
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!
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