Totally Indulgent Food Porn

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Going home for Christmas is always fun, right? In amongst watching more episodes of Law and Order than anyone ever should, as well as totally random movies, I did find time to make this monster!!!

After having had First Christmas with The Best Friend (a tradition started last year because said Best Friend spends Actual Christmas in Canada) with a frozen Black Forest Gateau that was totally disappointing, I made the decision to make my own.

Armed with posh cherry jam from Fortnum & Masons – if you can’t do posh snobbery and overpriced jam at Christmas when can you? – and lots of 85% dark chocolate, I set out to make The Most Epic Cake That Ever Was.

After two failed attempts at modifying the brownie batter from Celebrations Brownies into something resembling cake (I say failed which is really untrue since those ‘failed’ attempts tasted bloody amazing thank you very much!) I finally managed an acceptable chocolate sponge.

This was soaked with kirsch, spread with the cherry jam pushed through a sieve and sandwiched with freshly whipped double cream. It was then spread liberally with cheats chocolate fudge frosting (read: I bought a tub of Betty Crocker – I have four students and a work colleague who can attest to that fact that the world is a better place for me not attempting frosting again) and topped with more freshly whipped cream and chocolate hearts.

It was the most dense, chocolatey, ridiculous thing anyone had ever had. It was huge and heavy and I’m not sure anyone managed to finish a slice in one go…

It also cost an insane amount of money and took the better part of a day to finish. But, like I’m not gonna do it all over again next year!!!!

Although I might leave it like this next time…

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