Hi, everyone! Happy Easter; I hope you had a good Holy Week wherever you may be. 🙂
In any case, after the austerity of Lent, the celebration of Easter calls for something utterly indulgent to welcome the coming of spring and the arrival of new hope and growth. Indulgent means anything with chocolate and coffee to me, so I hightailed it over to Delifrance to try out the newest offerings on the menu: the Spiked After 5 coffees and the Flaming Choco Lava Cake.
Indulgent is an understatement when it comes to these fabulous treats. Since it was scorching outdoors, hot coffee was a definite no-no and the iced Mayan Passion Kahlua at the top of this post was a happy choice.
A chocolatey-tasting espresso is poured over ice along with a shot of Kahlua liqueur. This concoction comes to your table topped by a billowy cloud of whipped cream and the rim of the glass coated with tangy-sweet lemon sugar. The bittersweet coffee is a stark but not unpleasant contrast to the sugar on the rim and the whipped cream adds a heavenly smoothness to the mixture. And, speaking of heavenly things, it’s time for some cake!
Each cake first appears as an innocent-looking overturned cupcake sans wrapper and topped with a bit of powdered sugar. Not impressive you say? Well, wait till the waiter who carried this confection to your table pours a quarter-cup of flaming brandy over your dessert! The surface of the cake darkens and a seductive aroma is unleashed by the addition of heated alcohol – just plain wow.
If you’ve read Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess, you’ve probably encountered her recipe for chocolate babycakes which she refers to as the “acceptable face of culinary cute”. It’s also how the flaming chocolate cake appears (post-torching) – right until you apply your fork to the side to cut off a bit. When that happens, gorgeously molten chocolate starts flowing out of the cake and pools around it, a veritable moat of sinful sweetness.
Seriously, I can’t think of a better way to end the Lenten fast than this! 😉