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.

chocolate oblivion torte

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.

happy birthday (by mintyfreshflavor)

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 Operationworst 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?

19 Responses to oblivion

  1. julia says:

    I’m so into your no-frills decorating scheme. Glad the hole punch is useful for foodstuffs as well as crafts :) And, for the record, I don’t think it’s unnecessary in general, just probably unnecessary for me… at least until I saw this brilliant use. May have to get myself one ;)

  2. Neuroknitter says:

    Must.Have.Chocolate.NOW!! I love Chinese cassia cinnamon!!! What a winning combo!

    I think that cake would work well for those of us that have been repeatedly visiting ’29’ for some few…ok, many…years now!!!

  3. Amanda says:

    Oh yes, chocolate and cinnamon! One of my favorite combos – I just picked up a used copy of the Cake Bible not too long ago. My mom has a copy and I must have spent endless time pouring over the pictures and recipes because when I got it home and started flipping through it, everything was astonishingly familiar. Funny the things we do, and apparently forget, when we’re little. Glad the cake was a success – it certainly looks like a winner!

  4. abby says:

    Over Christmas, I played my first game of Operation in decades. It’s a lot harder than I recalled, but the buzzer (at least in the new versions) is relatively quiet. That was nice, because I was a pretty big failure in getting those bones and organs out!

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