Sunday, September 12, 2010
Delicious Death® - Agatha Christie's 120th anniversary cake
On 15 September 2010, it is the 120th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth. Agatha Christie needs no introduction - she is the best-selling author of all time, with her crime novels selling over 2 billion copies, and translated into 45 languages.
To celebrate Christie's 120th anniversary, Jane Asher, actress and cake maker extraordinaire, was asked to create a cake recipe. Jane was inspired by a passage in Christie's A Murder Announced, a Miss Marple novel, to create the recipe for Delicious Death®. You can find the relevant passage, the recipe for the cake and more background information here and here.
Delicious Death® is a rich flourless chocolate cake, filled with brandied fruits, and enrobed in rich chocolate ganache.
The Agatha Christie website has invited everyone to join in the celebrations by making Delicious Death® and posting a photograph of their creation to their Facebook page created for the occasion.
This was too good an opportunity to pass up - the cake looks scrumptious, I love a historic occasion, and I am a fan of the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot TV series (although I will confess to never having read an Agatha Christie novel).
Here are my fruits being cooked in brandy:
Next step is to make the cake:
I substituted half of the almond meal for ground pecans (because I didn't have quite enough almonds).
Once the cake is cooled, it is split in half, and filled with the brandied fruits:
The two halves of the cake are then joined back together, and the cake is smothered in a rich, decadent chocolate ganache. Finally, it is decorated with scroll rows of ganache, crystallised violets, crystallised rose petals and gold leaf (or in my case, one row of scrolling, crystallised violets, silver cachous and pink hearts). I also piped "Good Wishes" across the cake, as in the passage of the novel which inspired this cake, the cake baker says that she would do that:
Finally, slice and enjoy!!
Doesn't this look fabulous? And it was - perhaps not worth dying for, but very, very good.