A chocoholic friend requested “something chocolate” for his birthday, and with that kind of challenge, well, I had to find the most decadent, luscious, ridiculous chocolate dessert I could find. Enter the Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte, from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Cake Bible, via 101 Cookbooks.
I followed the recipe as told, using Lindt 70% Extra Dark, which I got for a great price at Economy Candy down on the Lower East Side. As recommended in the recipe, I added 3 tablespoons of sugar. I used my 8-inch cake pan because it’s better quality than my 8-inch springform; releasing it from the pan just required about 15 seconds over an open flame. The only thing it needed was some kind of decorative garnish.
A sprinkling of Chinese cassia cinnamon was just the ticket. I cut the 2 and the 9 out after drawing them freehand, and I punched the polka dots out with my fun, new ¾-punch that a friend got for me. (I’d mentioned wanting one, and she surprised me with it. And to think, she thought it was an unnecessary invention!) Taking the stencils off, with a pair of clean tweezers, gave me painful flashbacks to childhood and that horrible game Operation—worst invention ever.
The torte, however, was a resounding success—one taster just kept repeating, “this is unreal.” I think the cinnamon really elevated it from just a chocolate torte to something that had depth and mystery. Which is something we should all have when we hit 29, don’t you think?