Mardi Gras is almost upon us, so #SundaySupper is celebrating with Fat Sunday, hosted by Leslie of La Cocina de Leslie. We have a whole menu stuffed with decadent recipes which will leave you fit to burst. Today is also my Dad’s birthday, so I had an extra reason to make a rich, chocolatey Mocha Pear Cake!
I don’t know how I’ll celebrate Mardi Gras this year – in the UK, we know it as Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, so you can guess what we usually have! Tomorrow, however, I’m leaving for Portugal, so who knows?! I think I’ll be too busy exploring Lisbon to flip any pancakes.
Still, as there’s a birthday first, so my Fat Sunday recipe had to be a proper cake.
Shh, my Dad doesn’t know about it yet – it’s a surprise for teatime! His favourite flavours in the world are coffee and nuts, and he loves pears, so I decided to combine those things into one cake – with lashings of chocolate to make it a true celebration – and Mardi Gras – cake.
The icing is a chocolate-coffee ganache and the decoration is simple: just sliced pears and a scattering of nuts. You could use any fruit you like really, but pears work particularly well with the other flavours in here. The cake itself is filled with chocolate, walnut and pear pieces, as well as cocoa and a good dose of strong coffee.
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