Last Saturday was my sister Florence's 19th Birthday. For some Birthday cake inspiration I turned to the Smitten Kitchen and decided to bake the Double Chocolate Layer Cake.
I changed the recipe slightly - in between each of the four (count em!) layers of chocolate sponge I spread a thin layer of my home made strawberry jam then a layer of thinly sliced fresh strawberries followed by a layer of chocolate ganache.
I stacked the cake up and covered the whole thing with more chocolate ganache and decorated with fresh strawberries. This cake totally exceeded my expectations - maybe it's the coffee that goes into the sponge cake or the double cream in the ganache icing or the dark dark chocolate, this cake is pretty special. It's deliciously rich and feels more like eating chocolate than cake but the fresh fruit balances it and adds a juicy freshness.
Florence likened it to Bruce Bogtrotter's cake in the Roald Dahl's Matilda - I think this is a very apt description!
Quentin Blake illustration source here.