week nine – donal skehan à la gioia

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this week something crazy happened. something i had been dreading since a stormy thursday evening in march 1997 (i am almost completely certain that there was no storm on said night. but hey. it’s all about the dramatic effect, janarta meen?): my brother turned 18. my little baby brother (whom, ironically, i hadn’t ever called that until this very moment). being a great sister *cough* there was no other option than flying in to celebrate. as a surprise, of course. the plan was perfect; everyone knew except for the to be surprised birthday boy who looked more than just slightly confused the first few seconds after i had jumped into his room screaming at him (i didn’t really. scream, that is. jumping totally did happen).

donal skehan was a truly lucky choice this week, for it enabled me to combine blog work and my brother’s birthday cake i like to make. i searched through all the cake recipes on his website and eventually settled on a swedish layered chocolate cake (a great cake for my brother, considering that he loves all sweden, layers and chocolate). i followed the recipe (here’s the link for those who are interested: http://www.donalskehan.com/2012/10/swedish-chocolate-dream-cake/) exactly as mentioned on the site except for replacing the cream cheese in the frosting with mascarpone (my mum had forgotten to buy cream cheese) which i beat fluffy and in my opinion added even more decadence to the cake. my brother loved it and we traditionally left half of the cake for the staff to eat at the restaurant we’ve been going to since my mum was pregnant with my brother. gotta love a good tradition. the cake truly turned out much better than feared, the fact that there were neither baking powder nor actual chocolate other than cocoa powder in it threw me off a bit, i would however say that the measurements (i made 2/3 of the original ones) should make a cake that feeds about twenty-five people, being as rich as it is.

happy birthday, tükoblino.

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