Since the start of 2015 I’ve been trying my hardest to avoid eating cake, mainly for two reasons: (1) I’m trying to lose the extra pounds I gained over the holidays; and (2) I’m saving up for another trip. So every time I am tempted to buy a slice of cake and successfully stop myself from actually doing it, I put the same amount of money that I saved from not buying the cake into my “travel fund”. It’s a swell idea, don’t you think? I get to hit two birds with one stone, so to speak.
But in truth, it takes a lot of self-control for me to say “no” to cakes. I mean, seriously. I LOVE CAKES.
Well, today is National Chocolate Cake Day in the United States. Now, normally I do not observe American traditions/holidays like Halloween or Thanksgiving but come on, it’s Chocolate Cake Day! It’s a food holiday, what can I say?
Chocolate cake comes in numerous incarnations: there’s the classic pound cake, fudge cake, devil’s food cake, flourless chocolate cake, lava cake, and so on. For today, I fancy this Dark Caraibe Cake (P220 net) from Cafe Maxims in Resorts World Manila. Caraibe is a variety of cacao beans from small plantations in the Caribbean islands. It produces smooth chocolate with a naturally sweet, fruity taste and a hint of nuts and roasted coffee. Cafe Maxims’ Dark Caraibe creation is actually a lush chocolate mousse glazed with the creamiest dark chocolate topped with fresh berries and garnished with even more chocolate. It’s a masterfully thought-of and perfectly executed confection.
If you think that’s all there is to it, think again. Inside the chocolate mousse is a surprise center consisting of white cream and a crisp layer of hazelnut crunch to cut the rich chocolatey-ness of the cake. It’s marvelous!
I’m calling upon all chocolate cake lovers to indulge in some real scrumptious chocolate cake today. Let us all unite and celebrate this special food holiday!