Thursday, March 5, 2009

Boris's Birthday - "Healthy" Black Devil's Food Cake


Birthdays at my work always come in twos and threes, and so it was last week. Chris celebrated his birthday on the Monday, followed by our gym junkie, Boris, on the Tuesday. Now Boris is a big guy - not quite as pumped as Arnie in his day, but you get the idea. This means that you do not mess with Boris.


Boris likes to look after himself, and prefers lower calorie cakes than I would normally make. He loves the chocolate date cake, made with silken tofu, but I refuse to make that again, especially as I have already made it twice, once for him especially. This means I had to get creative and do a little Google searching for a suitable cake for Boris's birthday. After following a few false leads, I came across a recipe for Black Devil's Food Cake, which is stated to be low in fat and cholesterol. Perfect!

As you can see, it is a lovely tall chocolatey cake, which I added a few more calories to by frosting it with cream cheese frosting (albeit light cream cheese):




What the pictures do not reveal is how lovely and moist this cake is inside. I will attribute this to the applesauce used in the cake. It was so moist and dark that some people thought this cake contained booze (it didn't).

If you are looking for a naughty but nice option for a birthday cake that is not as aesthetically challenged as the chocolate date cake, then this could be the recipe for you.

Taking us back into the realms of the naughty, here is a slice of a wonderful bread pudding that I purchased from Eugenie French Cake Shop at 192 Commercial Road, Prahran:


This is a fabulous slab consisting of stale brioche melded together with custard and sultanas, and decorated with icing sugar. You get a hefty slice for just over $3. It is magnificent, but don't eat it before dinner, or you'll definitely spoil your appetite.

11 comments:

Sara said...

Thatc cake sure looks delicious, and cream cheese frosting never hurts. I love the look of that bread pudding too.

Happy cook said...

Cake looks yumm shoudl i tall you when my birthday is , just kidding :-)

The Blonde Duck said...

This looks like a fabulous birthday gift...

Emily said...

Happy birthday Boris! Your cake looks killer!

Arfi Binsted said...

Happy Birthday Boris, what a lovely thing to do for a great birthday!

♥Rosie♥ said...

This cake sure looks delicious and you are so kind Cakelaw baking this for Boris birthday!!

Happy birthday Boris!

Rosie x

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Sara - I always think a little cream cheese never hurt ;)

LOL Happy Cook - would happily make you a cake if we lived a little closer.

Thanks Duckie - I think he liked it.

Hi Em, I'll make sure he gets the message!

Thanks Arfi :)

Hi Rosie, thanks for dropping by.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Low fat and delicious? YAY! And somehow I always imagine people with the name Boris to be big, burly guys :P

Cakelaw said...

Hi Lorraine, perhaps the name goes with the territory LOL. Although my dentist is also called Boris, and he's tall, but I don't think he'd be able to knock me out ...

The Caked Crusader said...

Cake looks great and I admire you for finding something lower calorie, not sure I'd be that nice!

Y said...

You know, I've never met a low fat cake I did like, so I'm intrigued! Funny how you made it slightly less healthy with the inclusion of cream cheese frosting though :)