Last fall my roommate got wind of a way to see Wicked--which was coming to Portland--at a discount. He only needed to buy tickets for a group of 20 or more people. He got the word out, twenty people pledged their support, and the group tickets were purchased.
He then invited everyone over for cocktails before the show.
April 2, 2009
Name of cake: A Wicked Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte
Occasion: A Wicked Cocktail Party
Constituents: Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte with whipped cream and raspberry puree
One of our Wicked-goers was Annmarie, and as you all know, she's gluten-intolerant. So, when I decided to bake a cake for the occasion, I knew I would either have to make it gluten free or make her a little separate gluten free treat. I don't like to exclude people, let alone when there is cake involved.
I decided on RLB's Chocolate Oblivion Torte, as it was perfectly decadent enough for a night out at the theater, it was naturally gluten free, and I hadn't made it in years.
This cake is so crazy easy, and so crazy good. It has three ingredients: one pound of bittersweet chocolate, half a pound of butter, and six eggs. With so few ingredients it is imperative to use at least the best chocolate you can. I wouldn't skimp on cheap butter and eggs, either. This time I decided on Guittard's 61% bittersweet chocolate, which conveniently comes in one pound boxes. This was probably the best decision I could have made, as this cake was the best version I have baked thus far. It had an unbelievably creamy texture and a full, warm chocolate flavor that permeated every nook and cranny of my mouth. Although rich, it wasn't what I would call death-by-chocolate, and the whipped cream and tart raspberry sauce complimented the cake nicely.
The raspberry puree was simply 24 ounces of frozen raspberries defrosted in the nuker, pureed with the immersion blender with a bit of sugar to cut some of the tartness, and strained to remove the seeds. It was good times.
After filling up on egg rolls, cheese, cake and cocktails, our large party headed out for Wicked. I haven't seen many musicals live, but this one was by far my favorite. A perfectly wicked way to top off a decadent evening.
RLB's Chocolate Oblivion Torte, the recipe in PDF
Other Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Tortes on Eat My Cake: