When I saw this recipe, I knew I just had to make it! The problem was, with such a decadent cake like this, who could I make it for. Surely it was too rich for a weeknight dessert for Shaun and I. Fast forward to two weeks ago when I found out my friend and colleague Lindsay was having a baby! I decided to turn this cake into her Reveal Cake. Normally, a reveal cake is made for the expecting couple to find out with friends and/or family what sex their baby is. Of course Lindsay found that out with her husband but my co-workers and I wanted it to be a surprise for us as well. (Side note: I work on a team ofÂ event planners that are almost all under the age of 30. They also are my biggest fans and need no excuse to eat cake.)
Surprise – Lindsay is having a girl!! I dyed a third of the whipped cream pink, or dusty rose according to the back of the food coloring box, to surprise everyone. I wanted to make sure there was no mistaking the color inside this cake so just for good measure I piped in a line of pink frosting before covering the cake with the remaining white whipped cream.
This cake is as rich as you would think. It starts with flourless chocolate cake baked in an Oreo cookie crust. Once that has cooled, it is filled with chocolate pudding and topped off with homemade whipped cream. It requires a lot of steps but when you break it up into two days, it’s really not bad at all. One bite and you’ll forget how long it took to prepare.
I have to admit, I’ve never made a flourless chocolate cake before, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is much more fudgy than its flour-filled counterpart. I’m a big fan (and so were my co-workers). This cake may rival the other Mississippi Mud Pie that I made from this sweet cookbook. That one had ice cream and bourbon fudge in its starring cast of ingredients which are completely different than this cake. I’d say this one is in a league of its own.
My Oreo cookie crust didn’t see to work out so well because I convinced myself I didn’t need to cut parchment paper into rounds. Please don’t make the same mistake as me. Although I didn’t miss that extra layer while I was eating the cake, it would have been a nice little crunch. You can find the full recipe for this cake on my best friend Alexis’ blog or in the Baked Explorations cookbook. <Insert shameless plug here> If you are a vegetarian, you can find some great recipes from Alexis’ blog so please stop by and see what she’s cooking up!
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