Friday, July 9, 2010

Emergency Cake

So, this relentless craving for chocolate cake has led me to this post. Call it PMS, call it fixation, call it haberdashery...whatever it is, I'm calling it Emergency Cake. If it could be encased in a small glass box, mounted on my kitchen wall with a tiny culinary hammer to tap the glass, so this insanely good cake could be released to me in my time of need, then I would have that installed today.

But, since that is not on the docket for the day, I will show you how stupid-easy this is to make! This is the proverbial bandage for those aching emotional issues. I know we are not to eat to deal with our issues...but this is not a cure, think of it more like a momentary taste bud trip equal to the effect of laughing gas.

Okay, remember last week, when I shared the Egg-Free Chocolate Cupcake recipe with you? Well, since I made them I could not stop thinking about them. The problem was, I didn't just want a sweet little cupcake. I wanted a SLAB of chocolate cake. I wanted something I could really sink my teeth into and feel like I ate a lead pipe afterwards.

So all you gotta do is click here for the cake recipe and then below is the easiest chocolate cake topping ever...GANACHE.

For the cake, I tweaked some things. First off, I baked it in an 8x8 pan (glass). Same temperature. It took about 37 min. to bake. I think I flipped it out of the pan a little too early (remember, this was an emergency) and broke off the corner of the cake, but I just stuck it back together again...better than Humpty-Dumpty, without any help from the king's horses or men. I then cut it into squares and topped with ganache. Oh my.


1 cup heavy cream, heated until just bubbling
1 cup dark chocolate chips ( I used Gharidelli 60% cacoa)

Mix together. Keep mixing...don't give up. Now, mix with a whisk until extremely smooth. Set aside as your cake cools. Top your cake with this liquid heaven. I did each individual square as I served myself.

So basically, I had my chocolate fix in about an hour, which is faster than most ambulances.

Shiny, luscious ganache, destined for greatness.

There are no words...

First bite.

Don't leave those little morsels.

Viola! That owl looks kinda jealous. Sorry, creepy bird.

Now you know what to do in case of an emergency. CPR is for wimps.*

*note: this is not medical advise from a healthcare professional. only a foodie would say that.


  1. YUM! That just looks so gooey and delicious! No need to make an excuse for making something this good... embrace that chocolate lover in you. ;-)

  2. haha! that is faster than most ambulances LOL! This is EXACTLY the kind of emergency I crave sweet bella, thank you for providing THE FIX!

  3. Love the recipe title! Every bite looks heavenly!

  4. I would LOVE one of those emergency cake dispensers, especially if it had this cake inside. I've been on a chocolate kick for the past couple of days, so this is perfect!

  5. Doctor Doctor I have an emergency, send cake Now!!!!!!!
    when you say click here, you mean
    in any event thats a ooey gooey lovely chocolate cake!!
    thanks for sharing

  6. That is an amazing looking cake! I think I could come up with a daily emergency:)

  7. When a girl needs a chocolate fix, well this would definitely hit the spot. No need to call 911, call Lauren Zabaneh, she's much quicker (=

  8. I love that you broke off a corner first. You are the go-to-person in an emergency!

  9. This is decadence heaven! Sigh.. now you've triggered off some serious craving in this very pregnant blogger!

  10. I'm having an emergency - a chocolate emergency- just looking at your pictures! TASTY.

  11. Thank you everyone! I am so glad you enjoyed it. I guess I did my job if you are having your own chocolate emergency!:) cheers, my dears!

  12. Lauren you are crackin' me up! The creepy bird, too much!

    Congrats on Top 9! YAY!

  13. Top 9 Baby! Congrats Lauren.

  14. LL- thanks girl! That little owl was staring at me the whole time I was eating that cake. kinda creeped me out!:)

    Lisa-thank you! Yay!

  15. OMG. I think you just created a "foodie emergency" in my life by posting pictures of this recipe. I need this in my belly STAT,

  16. this looks to die for! i'm afraid if i even made it once, my fiance would want this cake every day for breakfast! =)

  17. Wow! that looks amazing! thank God for Ghiridelli! great pics. I like the owl plate! ;-)

  18. My mouth watered....literally. Great shot too! The cake actually looks sexy.

  19. Yum! This looks soooo good!!! :)
    I love the name too!

  20. I think I would love to eat this cake in any non-emergency situation too. :) Btw, I love that you wrote haberdashery. Awesome.

    Congrats on Top 9!

  21. That looks so good. I could use that right now.

  22. Very appropriately named. Looks delicious!


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