Tuesday, April 14, 2009

TUESDAYS WITH DORIE - 15 MINUTES CHOCOLATE AMARETTI CAKE


I could have spent my Saturday morning sleeping, reading a book, or soaking in a hot tub of bubbles.

Because the yankee's birthday was this week, I had promised him a carrot cake. So I got up at 7:00 a.m. and began to bake Big Bill's Carrot Cake. I made it into a sheet cake instead of the three layers and it turned out great. We shared it with our dance friends on Saturday night and they all loved it.

Because I am notorious for trying to multi-task, I also made this week's TWD recipe which was chosen by Holly of Phe/mom/enon . We are keeping this one for ourselves because I love chocolate and. . . I am selfish. Oh Lord it's hard to be humble… Thanks Holly - this was a delicious and very elegant cake.

For me and baking it is like this quote from Louisa May Alcott - "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."

Having read all the helpful comments on TWD, I knew to go to Starbucks to get my amarettini cookies and sure enough they had them. Thanks for all the tips ladies!

I couldn't help but think of Tanya over at Chocolatechic as I was pouring the glaze over the cake. I bet she was loving this week's choice because it was such ooey good chocolate. It's interesting how we read each other's posts each week and through that channel we begin to feel we actually do know each other.

This cake also reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Le Chocolat. Can any of us forget Johnny Depp in that movie? Just one taste was all it took. .. that was the motto of the story.

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30 comments:

Marthe said...

I really liked this torte!! However I would have loved to try it with the cream, but that decided to curdle...

Clivia said...

Your torte looks delicious! Chocolat might be the fav movie of all Dorie's bakers.

Jessica said...

Your cake looks beautiful! I love the quote that you use to describe baking, too. I loved this torte -- it was a perfect way to begin the chocolate extravaganza that TWD is beginning.

natalia said...

Ciao ! I love you cake I would have liked to see the big carrot one !!! Happy Birthday !

Audrey said...

I also love sailing my baking ship...even when it leaks, or sinks (like my yogurt cake!) Yes, I'm glad I made the glaze...and I'm glad you liked this. "Elegant" says it best! Actually, if Mr. Depp said my cake was elegant, I would just faint.

n.o.e said...

Peggy, my hat's off to your 2 cake morning! Glad they both turned out well (and I realize that I never answered your question about the sheetcake version of the carrot cake -- sorry!) This torte is elegant, especially with your fancy whipped cream piping job.
Nancy

Maria said...

Looks like a wonderful chocolate treat!

Banjo said...

Looks lovely, well done!

Cathy said...

It looks beautiful Peggy -- glad that you are going to be selfish and keep it. I am SO glad that your carrot cake was a hit, too!

Wouldn't you know that I am totally craving sweets right now, and there is not one darn cookie or piece of cake in a breakroom anywhere around here? What's up with that?

chocolatechic said...

Oh, your ganache looks so fabulous.

bakingwiththeboys said...

Two cakes in one morning is a spectacular feat. I loved Bill's Big Carrot Cake (a little more than this one).

pinkstripes said...

We were selfish with this cake too.

Your torte looks delicious. I loved Chocolat. Wasn't that a great movie?

CB said...

I laugh when you call your DH a Yankee! teehee. Speaking of carrot cake. I am usually not a fan of cooked carrots but I have to say that Dorie's carrot cake is pretty yummy. Glad you enjoyed the torte!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Jill said...

What a great quote! Your torte looks like it turned out great. Good for you for not sharing your chocolate!

cstewarts said...

I love Chocolat the movie as well! It is the best. Your torte looks great!

shortbreadsouth.com said...

I love how you call your husband "the yankee".
That glaze is something else, isn't it?

farah said...

It looks delicious, so glad you liked it :)

Tracey said...

Your torte turned out beautifully! Dorie's carrot cake is one of my favorite recipes we've made.

Natashya said...

Mmm, love the torte but now am craving some of the carrot cake!

burpandslurp said...

i love all of Dorie's recipes. Her cookbook is one that I refer to all the time. but I can't believe I missed this one. yumm...

AmyRuth said...

Miss Peggy, you have lots of followers. Who couldn't love good old Johnny Dep?

Your cake looks wonderful and moist. I'm glad you liked it and I am looking forward to eating some as well. Even thought I am fighting the calorie monster right now.
AmyRuth

The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE Chocolat! It was my favorite movie in hs! I had the poster on my door! This cake totally reminds me of something she would have had in her shop.

TeaLady said...

Sleeping late vs. baking chocolate and carrot cake. Hard choices we have to make. Glad you went with the chocolate tarte. Looks great. And so does Depp.

Jacque said...

Mmmm, carrot cake and chocolate cake... sounds like a good baking day.

Your amaretti cake looks wonderfully delicious!

Pamela said...

Chocolat was a great movie!! I need to see it again, thanks for the reminder! Your torte looks lovely. I've made the carrot cake before and really enjoyed it, especially the frosting. YUM!

Sara said...

"because I love chocolate and. . . I am selfish. Oh Lord it's hard to be humble…"

We have never been more on the same page, EVER.

--Nick

applecrumbles said...

Yum! Never saw that movie but now that I know Johnny Depp is in it...better go pick it up.

Teanna DiMicco said...

Oh you got special amarettini with chocolate filling! Those look amazing!!! I've never seen chocolat and I feel like I'm missing something amazing!!!

Di said...

Wow, sounds like you had a busy baking weekend! It looks like the torte turned out great.

Angie said...

That cake looks great.

I've always loved that quote by Louisa May Alcott. In fact I once tried to stencil that quote onto my wall. Although it didn't turn out all that well because, as it turns out, I'm not all that good at stenciling things in a straight line,