It's time for another Baked Sunday Morning! And what better way to end the weekend than by talking about cake? Chocolate cake, in fact. Moist, dark, delightfully sweet chocolate cake. Oh, and did I mention the perfectly fluffy Italian meringue icing? No? Well, feast your eyes on the picture below!
I could go gushing on and on about this frosting forever, possibly. I just love everything about it. I love the fact that I've become pretty proficient at making it, and know how it's supposed to look when it's ready. I love the voluminous, marshmallowy, luxurious yet light texture. I love the fact that it's actually fat-free, which is so hard to believe when you taste it! The only bummer about the frosting is the fact that you need to serve it pretty much right away. That makes for a challenge when you don't really have a need or occasion for a chocolate cake with this lovely frosting on top. I made this cake in two parts. The cake layers were made late one afternoon, and then the meringue frosting was made in the morning, right before my husband was to take this cake in to work.
I am hardly a master cake decorator. In fact, my skills still kind of embarrass me, but I've been working on it! Cakes like this give me opportunities to practice, and I love that. This one was pretty easy to frost; again, to praise that meringue frosting, it was a dream to work with! It was so simple to make the frosting smooth, and then it was fun to give little frosting "peaks" to the top of the cake. I grated some milk chocolate down over top, too, just to give it a little something extra. The cake was hugely well-received at work; my husband came home with just some crumbs left on the plate! In fact, it made me pretty sad, as I had wanted to try a slice. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed making this cake, and my hubby and I are already trying to come up with an occasion for me to make it again!
The full recipe is posted over at Baked Sunday Mornings. Make sure to stop over there and check it out if you're interested!