Is it really possible that it’s September already? Summer is drawing to a close, but I have been eking out the last few days of it with windsurfing and picnics while the weather is still so clement. Of course, in the USA, it is Labor Day weekend, a final fling of Summer. So of course #SundaySupper is celebrating, hosted by Crazy Foodie Stunts (a blog name which certainly promises great things!) My offering is a Summer Berry Chocolate Cake, which makes use of the last glut of Summer berries.
Though summer berries are now available throughout the year in the supermarkets thanks to importation, they are never as juicy and sweet as when they are homegrown, in season. And the start of September is really the last chance to find British-grown summer berries. I was delighted to find a rare punnet of blackcurrants, so I nabbed those, along with some strawberries and blueberries.
In my world, not much can beat the combination of strawberries and chocolate, so I decided to extend this theme by creating a berry-filled chocolate cake. I used melted dark chocolate and dark chocolate cocoa powder in the cake batter to make it dark, rich and not overly sweet. For this reason as well, I used a mixture of caster sugar and dark muscavado sugar – so that there was a depth of flavour, making it a grown-up chocolate cake, rather than children’s-party cake.
Likewise, for the filling, rather than using sweetened whipped cream or buttercream, I used a mixture of creme fraiche and double cream, to cut through the darkness of the chocolate and the sweetness of the berries. This does mean, however, that the cake needs to be refrigerated if it does not all get eaten on the day it is made, otherwise the cream will spoil.
For the topping, I opted for chocolate ganache, again because it is more luxurious and less sickly than chocolate icing. Plus, you can whip up chocolate truffles with any leftover ganache!
I didn’t really plan a patriotic theme, but this cake does give a nod to the red, white and blue of the US flag, with the strawberries, blueberries and cream. It wasn’t intentional, but it seems this cake knows it’s Labor Day and wants to join in the celebrations!
So to all my American friends, enjoy your long weekend of fun and frolics, and make the most of those summer berries while they’re still around!
Now take a look at what other goodies the #SundaySupper team have created for the Labor Day party!
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