Tis the season’s for birthday’s! It seems that most of my friends and family are either Aquarius people, Taurus people and Leo people. Go figure, but it’s fun to bake birthday cakes for folks, so here it goes. My Dad’s birthday is this weekend and so is Valentine’s day so this flourless chocolate cake with chocolate liquor fits perfectly for both occasions! So super rich and decadent that you only need a tiny slice and quite honestly “flour” is so over rated anyway. Ha. I am not on the gluten free band wagon but for those of you who suffer, this is a great way to have your cake and eat it too… Give it a try, it’s really pretty easy to make and it involves a microwave. Who doesn’t like that?So speaking of birthday’s, my 45th was this past weekend. This birthday kinda threw me for a loop. The first birthday that actually “bothered” me. After I got over it and realized that I have a pretty darn amazing life and really have nothing in the world to complain about, I decided to have the most awesome four day weekend. Yep, four days of super fun. I did go skiing. Not quite sure why I was so nervous but the day was perfect. Clear skies, warm temperatures (in the 40’s on the mountain), soft snow and a friend who likes to go as fast as me. There is something to be said for “lapping” the Super B chairlift at Copper Mountain. I love Copper because the mountain is set up in a way that the “expert” area is one side and on top, “intermediate” skiers stay in the middle and “beginner’s are on the other side. It’s nice to have the separation. We finished up the day hanging with our dogs, a few good beers and hot tubing at my friends condo (she actually lives at the mountain, so jealous)…
Day two.. I worked in the morning and then a night out with the girls. Three of us from my tennis team have birthday’s within a couple of weeks of each other, so we had had a perfect reason to make it one heck of a fun night. Dinner and drinks at the View House. Such a fun place with a great vibe and really great views of the mountains and the skyline (thus the name). You really can’t beat it and in a great Denver Tech location. We then headed over to Baker Street for more drinks, a local band and some dancing. It ended up being a late night and we didn’t have to call Uber, so that was a good thing! LOL!
Day three… my punishment. Ha, not really but rather my “accomplishment”. I joined in with a group of friends to hike the Manitou Incline. What you may ask? Pure hell.. No, not really but rather a 2000 foot climb in one short mile and then a three and half mile hike down. At the steepest point you are walking up a 68 degree angle! Pure craziness and pure joy when you finish. I finished in a respectable hour and eight minutes. Next time, I will get more than four hours of sleep… Oh, yes! There will be a “next” time for this and Manitou Springs is such a cute town to boot!
Finally day four. I went up to Evergreen to spend a nice relaxing day with my parents and our dogs that happened to include another hike. Yep, I’m a glutton for punishment and my butt certainly is feeling it by now. We ventured over to Three Sisters park which is part of the Jefferson County open space trail system. It’s such a pretty hike and suitable for just about any level of hiker. I will say, there is nothing better to do in Colorado than to go skiing and hiking in February when the temperatures have been in the 70’s. It’s quite remarkable but just a quiet reminder that it is still winter and our snowiest months are March and April. I’m sure we will get hit like the East Coast and I am still secretly hoping that it will happen. Heck we really need the moisture and my house is dusty. It’s time for sure!
Make sure you check out all the pictures! Oh! Enjoy the Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Liquor! It’s really quite yummy… if I do say so myself.. XOXO
- 10 ounces 60% Cocao chocolate
- 11/2 sticks butter
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 4 tablespoons chocolate liquor (I used [url href=”http://us.thebar.com/en/brands/godiva” target=”_blank” title=”Godiva Liquor”]Godiva[/url] brand)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- [b][br]For The Ganache[br][/b]
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons chocolate liquor
- 10 ounces 60% Cocao chocolate
- In a large microwave safe bowl add the chocolate, butter, orange rind, salt and chocolate liquor. Place in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes or until melted. Stir to incorporate. Set aside to cool.
- In a stand mixer (or by hand) add the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Mix on high for 10 minutes until really thick and airy. (This is important so the cake doesn’t “fall”).
- Slowly add the chocolate mixture until incorporated.
- Prepare a 10 inch spring form pan or cake pan. Liberally spray with cooking spray and line with parchment paper if you have it available. Pour the batter into the pan and place in a 350 degree preheated oven.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan and resting on a wire rack. Let cake cool completely.
- [b][br] For the Ganache[br][/b]
- In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate, heavy cream and chocolate liquor. Place in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes until melted. Stir until incorporated.
- Place the cake which is on the wire rack on top of a cookie sheet. Pour the ganache on top of the cake and spread evenly on top and down the sides.
- Put in the refrigerator to cool and until the ganache hardens.
- Serve with fresh raspberries.