Sunday, March 28, 2010

Let There Be Cake!

Ta-da! The finished Chocolate Cherry Angel Food Cake! It was (and still is) delicious!!
The lengthy recipe is from the Moosewood Book of Desserts (wonderful cookbook!) and I actually found the recipe published online here.
It was my very first angel food cake and I was quite nervous that it wouldn't turn out, especially since I only had a bundt cake pan and not the traditional angel food cake pan. It came out of the oven looking perfect.
Then the most scary part! Turning the pan upside down (I was so afraid the cake might fall out and I'd have to make chocolate cherry trifle) and allowing it to cool on the neck of a bottle.
The cream cheese and cherry filling was easy to make and delicious and the final assembly fairly easy.
However, the glaze made from melted chocolate and cherry juice sort of globbed on, which is why we had to prettify the cake with pansies and violas. They sort of distracted from the brown in brown look...

Next time, I think we'll use a little more cherry juice in the glaze to thin it just a little. And, if we make the cake only for adults, we thought it would be good sprinkling the bottom layer of the cake with just a little bit of kirsch. I guess it's because the taste of the cake reminded us of Black Forest cake...
I had fun decorating the dinner table with a few recent finds from the thrift store - the pretty embroidered table cloth and the silver candle holder.
I love that tiny vase with the violets, and the shells from the beach.
Dinner was delicious and the company delightful!
I hope you are all having a restful weekend! I am planning to visit your blogs in the next couple of days...

28 comments:

  1. This cake looks so delicious - like a dream with those flowers.
    Have a beautiful Sunday.

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  2. Oh that cake looks wonderful!!

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  3. I love using flowers in food. I once had a book all about which flowers are edible and the sort of things you could use them for, i.e. dandied violets and which flowers would brighten up a salad - I must get another one.
    You look like you had a nice time at the dinner table. Thanks for sharing it with us, Silke.
    Enjoy your Sunday,
    Doris :-)

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  4. ooops, I meant to say: candied violets. Sorry, I've not had my coffee yet ;-)

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  5. Der Hinweis auf das Rezept gefällt mir!! Habe in der Zeitung schon weitergestöbert ...
    Tolle Fotos, beim Kuchen läuft mir das Wasser im Mund zusammen, ein so hübsch gedeckter Tisch - und nette Gäste: rundum stimmig!! Du bist eine perfekte Gastgeberin, liebe Silke.
    Grüße, Verena

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  6. Congrats on your marvellous cake - it looks superb! I'm sure it tastes divine.

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  7. Divine and delectable! I use violets whenever I can. Don't they make you smile? I am so happy for your beautiful dinner party and I send love. Blessings.

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  8. looks like you had a lovely dinner! did you happen to save me a slice of that delicious cake?

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  9. Fabulous..decadent beauty!! And such a lovely photos of you all gathered around!! Have a happy wkd!
    Kiki~

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  10. Craving cake right now! Your cake looks so good! Thank you for stopping by and I will follow your blog as well. Im looking forward to visiting your etsy shop also. : )

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  11. Beautiful cake! Love your decorations too. I am glad you had a nice time!

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  12. Beautiful beautiful, and YUM YUM YUM!!!!
    I am being lazy today and not blogging, but Ces sent me an award, so I absolutely MUST blog tomorrow or I will be in the doghouse! LOL!!!
    HAve a good one!

    XXOO!!
    Anne

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  13. Oops. Sorry for drooling. Silke, how do you continue to look fabulous AND eat??? Please type secret here _ _ _. **blows kisses** Deb

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  14. Beautiful cake Silke! Looks yummy!

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  15. You had Julia Roberts to dinner??
    Seriously though, the cake looks amazing, and very yummy indeed!xx

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  16. Oh yum!!! That cake looks delicious and I love how you decorated it with flowers. The whole table decor was so lovely and fresh. :) Great job!!! Theresa

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  17. That cake looks so yummy! MMMM! I have two Moosewood cook books and I love them. The best food!
    If you get a chance to try the lemon/poppy seed cake, it is delicious too!
    Have a great week Silke!
    Love and hugs.

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  18. Dear Silke! The cake looks delicious and beautiful. And the things you bought in the store are very pretty too. Continue enjoying!
    Love and hugs.

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  19. Oh honey, there's absolutely no need to distract from the chocolatie blobs! that looks divinE!!! just tasty as ever! turned out great!

    nice table setting too...it's so much fun being a woman and playing house and hostess, right!

    ciao bella
    carmelina

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  20. Ohhhhh my. I think I might have drooled on my keyboard a little bit. This looks as luscious as your paintings!

    By the way, the flowers look gorgeous, even if they were a cover-up. ;)

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  21. Hello again, Silke, I just wanted to let you know that I left you a "Easter Basket" on my blog, but you have to hop over to see it ;-)

    http://crochetingingeorgia.blogspot.com/2010/03/hersheys-better-basket-blog-hop.html

    Have a nice evening!
    Doris :-)

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  22. Oh Silke, that is totally awesome delicious looking. Wow, great job. Maybe you can paint it now that you have a picture of it. You are so talented. You and your family look very happy and you all look like your having a great time. Family is the glue. Have a great week and I want a piece of cake now please.:D

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  23. Liebe Silke,
    du hast so viele schöne Bilder gepostet aus denem Garten, von deinem Tieren, diesem wundervoll aussehenden Essen und ein schönes neues Bild von dir.
    Ich hatte leider wenig Zeit in dieser Woche um durch alle Blogs zu stöbern. Wir hatten etwas Probleme mit unserem Dach, ja ja der schnöde Alltag...
    Ich wünsch dir eine schöne Woche
    Janine

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  24. Yum, your cake looks DE-licious! Send me a piece?
    Your tiny little vase is so sweet too.

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  25. Ooooohhhhh, you are so meeeaaaaaaaannnn! So very, very meeaaaaannnn! I want your cake, pansies and all! My gosh, that looks mouth-watering. And Moosewood! I know that restaurant!

    I adore your white flower candleholders. They look like giant magnolias. What a great dinner! I'm sure my invitations got lost in the mail.... :)

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  26. oh Silke!!! what a fun post and your cake looks like heaven!!! I will have to try that one day...I would be so scared to let the cake cool like that too....yikeeeeeeeeeees!!!

    you are so cute with all of your wonderful photos!!! wonderful to share this....

    Hugs
    Diana

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  27. Hi Silke, yummm the cake looks delicious and the flowers on the cake were just perfect! That's it, I'm inviting myself to dinner. You make the most wonderful things!
    I hope that you have a beautiful new week!
    Hugs and much love...
    Bobbi

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  28. Oh my goodness. You are a hostess with the mostest! A guest with the best! You are so good with cooking and baking. Is there anything you cannot do? Have a blessed week dearest Silke. TSUP!

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