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Chocolate Cake – Guest Post By Gourmantine’s Blog

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While I’m visiting my in-laws in Taiwan with my family, I’ve asked my long time blogger friends to blog-sit for me like asking a good friend to house sit when you go on vacation. They have prepared wonderful holiday recipes for Just One Cookbook readers so I hope you will enjoy reading their recipes. My blog sitter today is Gourmantine of Gourmantine’s Blog.

GourmantinesBlogThe first time I visited Gourmantine’s blog, I was simply mesmerized by her food and photography. Each one of her recipes is presented like a professional cookbook and they inspire me to consistently improve my own posts. Gourmantine lives in Europe and I found out blogging is just her hobby, and she actually has a day job where she’s always traveling between different European countries.

Between her business trips, as relaxation Gourmantine enjoys cooking and bakeing at night. Instead of chilling after a long day at work or traveling, she spends her nights experimenting and creating various food she experienced during her trips. She has a lot of recipes that she recreated from what she recently ate and she tries really hard to replicate the exact taste. Such hard working ethic toward her culinary adventure leads to her collection of very delicious and refined recipes. I always tell her that she’ll be really successful if she owns a restaurant and I’m secretly hoping that she will extend her cooking beyond just a hobby one day.

Despite Goumantine’s busy schedule and time difference between us, we managed to be good friends outside of blogging and she’s been a great inspiration for me when I cook. Her blog features simple recipes that do not look like they’ve been prepared in just 30 minutes. She has the special touch to use simple ingredients and turn them into four star restaurant food. You can visit Gourmantine online at her Facebook and Twitter pages. Please welcome Gourmantine with her delicious chocolate cake!

Welcome Gourmantine! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a travel and food addict who can barely manage to sit in one place (that’s probably the most concise way of putting it). :-)

On a more serious note, I live in Europe, mostly in between France, Lithuania, Netherlands and Italy. I’ve took interest in cooking probably 10 years ago, simply because I liked to eat well. Then at some point it grew to hobby which recently reached the point of what could be called obsession (I’m not joking when I say I even dream about food).

Please tell us a little bit about your blog.

I’ve started the blog initially to organize hundreds of recipe notes flying around the house, now I rather see it as a creative outlet. I love to create food inspired by travels that is healthy, easy to make at home and makes every day a little feast. The visual side of the blog is looked after my friend ieva, who takes all the beautiful photos.

How do you feel about your own food blogging experience so far?

I find blogging is rather addictive. I’ve started blogging not really knowing what to expect and now, more than a year later, it truly has became an integral part of life. Blogging has opened the doors to an incredible community of bloggers, who share same passion for food, but at the same time have so many different approaches towards cooking. I guess it has been a very eye opening.

If you can give one advice to a new food blogger, what would it be?

I have two words: patience and dedication. Blogging is fun and a great way to interact with people who share same passion for food, but to reach out to this group will require plenty of efforts: from constantly updating your blog to being active on different social platforms. Once you start blogging you suddenly realize how many platforms there are (many, I never knew before starting), how active many bloggers whom you admire are on them and believe me, constantly keeping up with them all will require time. Probably so much, that at times it will feel like (in my case) having a second full time job, but then again this is also the fun part of it.

What would you advise to a new cook or someone who wants to start cooking at home more?

For anyone who wants to cook more at home, I would suggest to first of all think of the kind of food they like to eat (and cook) and the basic ingredients needed. I’ve heard many people complain about trying lots of different things and then having to through away unused ingredients. Planning ahead on how you will use all the ingredients can both save time and money, like taking a few minutes to prep a list of recipes to be cooked throughout the week. Also, I guess the most important advice is to take one step at a time: if you’ve never been cooking a lot then probably starting out with making qroquembouche may not be the best idea (just a thought)… Start with simple recipes and move forward from there.

Thank you Gourmantine! From here I will let Gourmantine take over and show us what she prepared. Enjoy!

Chocolate Cake By Gourmantines Blog II

I was so honored and thrilled when Nami asked me to write a guest post for her beautiful blog. This is not only because I very much admire her cooking and find her recipes incredibly inspirational but also because over the past half a year she has become a dear friend and is one of the most genuine persons I’ve encountered while blogging.

Having said that, it took me quite a while to think of a recipe worthy of the post and occasion as Christmas is almost knocking on the door. For me, the very thought of Christmas always brings out a smile and it’s unquestionably my favorite time of the year. There is something about it that I find irresistible and uplifting: a bit of time to be relaxed and happy.

Now, when I think of food that makes me happy I mostly think of chocolate. There are quite a few desserts that can celebrate chocolate in all its glory, but I believe rather few can rival a good chocolate cake. A chocolate cake must (in my humble opinion) be: rich, deep, moist and a single bite should leave you yearning for more.

Chocolate Cake By Gourmantines Blog III

For this, I’ve chose to do a little twist on the German classic black forest cake. A black forest cake traditionally is made with layers of chocolate sponge, whipped cream, cherries and cherry liqueur “kirschwasser”. To make the traditional version of this cake would probably require 3 to 5 layers of chocolate sponge, which then have to be equally layered and decorated. I thought of making things a little simpler and used my favorite chocolate cake (which is incredibly easy to make) as a base and then to make it a true chocolate heaven, layered it with a very intense chocolate cream. The result will be very very rich and sinful cake, but if chocolate makes you happy then trying this, surely will!

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Chocolate Cake
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Serves: 8-10
Chocolate cake
  • 300g dark chocolate
  • 70 g flour
  • 160g sugar
  • 160 g unsalted butter
  • 5 eggs
  • pinch of salt
Dark chocolate ganache
  • 400g chocolate chips
  • 300 ml cream
  • Maranchino cherries
  • White chocolate shavings
Chocolate cake
  1. Heat the oven to 180°C
  2. Melt the chocolate with butter in a heat proof bowl over simmering water together with butter and sugar.
  3. Do not let the bowl touch the water or your chocolate will burn and that’s not welcome in a chocolate cake
  4. Mix until the sugar is dissolved then remove from the simmering water and set aside to cool down a bit.
  5. Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
  6. When chocolate mixture has cooled down a bit, mix a few spoons into the egg yolks, one at a time to temper and prevent the yolks from scrambling. Then mix all the yolks into the chocolate mixture, followed by the flour, a little at the time to avoid lumps. Set aside.
  7. Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and beat them to stiff peaks, then incorporate them into the chocolate mixture in 3 parts. Fold them in gently, this affects the texture of the cake.
  8. Pour the batter into lightly buttered form and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  9. When the cake is done, set aside to cool down.
Dark chocolate ganache
  1. Bring the cream to boil and pour over the chocolate chips. Leave to soften for a few minutes, then either using a whisk or a hand blender, mix till smooth. Set aside to cool down for 10-30 minutes.
To assemble the cake
  1. Before assembling, make sure your cake is completely cold. Very important! It will allow the ganache to set quicker.
  2. Cut the cake in half. Place the bottom layer on the cake stand and pour half of the ganache to the centre of the cake. Then using a knife or spatula gently spread the ganache equally to the sides, but stop about 0.5 cm to the sides, place some cherries on the ganache (to your liking). Then place the top layer of the cake and top it with the remaining ganache. Sprinkle some white chocolate shavings and some extra cherries!
The photo contains a mini version of this cake, the recipe will yield to a much bigger one.

Tip: if you are feeling exceptionally naughty then add a little scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (or both) on the side… This will elevate the cake to yet another dimension!


Posted in: Baking Recipes, Desserts, Guest Posts, Holidays, Vegetarian

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  • Jill @ MadAboutMacarons December 19, 2011, 12:26 am

    I totally agree with you Nami: Gourmantine’s recipes are worthy of a starred restaurant! This chocolate cake is wonderfully wicked and beautifully presented for this time of year. Ever since i tasted a black forest cake in Germany I can just imagine these flavours. Stunning. Happy holidays!

  • Charles December 19, 2011, 12:53 am

    Oj oj oj, sinfully good! Looks like an incredibly rich, delicious cake – so dark and chocolatey! I can’t believe I have friends who dislike chocolate cake! I should fire them as friends to be honest :p

    Great guest post – I love the ganache smothered over the top like there’s no tomorrow – fantastic photos too! Thanks for sharing your post :)

  • Sissi December 19, 2011, 1:31 am

    Gourmantine, I have discovered your blog only recently, but totally agree with Nami: your recipes are exceptional and refined! This chocolate cake looks gorgeous and I totally agree that moisture, richness and yearning for more are the main features of a good chocolate cake. I cannot get my eyes off the generously spread ganache and you make me want to bake a chocolate cake too!

  • Mr. Three-Cookies December 19, 2011, 1:31 am

    Looks rich and decadent, and only requires few ingredients. Fantastic decoration

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen December 19, 2011, 2:06 am

    A ‘super-post’ from two of my favourite bloggers! I so agree, Nami, G’s recipes and presentation are worthy of an elegant restaurant. Gourmantine, lovely to learn more about you. I hope you make your restaurant dream come true.

  • Yuri December 19, 2011, 2:29 am

    What a gorgeous presentation on a white plate!! I want to taste Groumantene’s chocolate cake. This cake must be so perfect for the holiday season. Sharing lovely cake with the loved ones is the best thing to do for the holidays. If I can do so with this beautiful chocolate cake, i will be speechless:-) thanks for wonderful post!

  • Belinda @zomppa December 19, 2011, 4:53 am

    Absolutely gorgeous and way too tempting!!

  • Ann@Anncoo Journal December 19, 2011, 5:35 am

    I love chocolate cake and this looks absolutely lovely :) Thanks for the wonderful post :)

  • Sandra December 19, 2011, 5:37 am


  • Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} December 19, 2011, 6:16 am

    I’m a new followed of Gourmantine’s blog and was love at first sight. Everything is so welcoming and so very tempting, just like this chocolate cake. Who could resist it?

  • Cucina49 December 19, 2011, 7:10 am

    My immediate reaction to that cake was “hello, gorgeous!”

  • Colleen Bierstine December 19, 2011, 7:50 am

    Omg, this looks so rich an decadent! Exactly as a chocolate cake should be. Beautiful photos as well!

  • Eri December 19, 2011, 7:55 am

    Yumilicious Chocolate Cake! I hope you’re having fun there, I saw the picures on Facebook they are great! XOXO

  • Amelia December 19, 2011, 8:00 am

    wow… the chocolate cake looks extremely delicious. My all time favorite anything to do with chocolate, yummy.
    Have a nice day.

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen December 19, 2011, 8:11 am

    I LOVE Chocolate Cake and can never resist reading a post about it. But this one is irresistable ! Great guest post! Happy Holidays, Nami!

  • Terris-Free Eats Food December 19, 2011, 8:21 am

    What a nice opportunity to learn a bit more about the blogger behind Gourmantine! I have followed her blog for awhile and I am always in awe of her creations. This cake is gorgeous and looks like just the thing I would want to serve during the holidays. Worthy of a celebration! Hi Nami, hope the trip is still going smoothly! :)

  • Mary December 19, 2011, 8:33 am

    This looks amazing. What an awesome guest post!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking December 19, 2011, 9:48 am

    Beautiful guest post..this cake look divine, and so delicious! Thanks Nami for sharing your guest today with us..nicely done on both parts!!!

  • Suzi December 19, 2011, 10:13 am

    Oh Nami when I saw this is my e-mail I thought, I have to hurry over and see Nami’s dessert, LOL. I forgot you were still on vacation. Gourmantine this is truly a delicious looking cake. Wonderful guest post and thank you for sharing this. Have a great week.

  • Tina (PinayInTexas) December 19, 2011, 10:22 am

    What a wonderful chocolate cake! That would be perfect on the holiday table! YUMMY!

    Thanks for introducing me to Gourmantine today, Nami! :)

  • Delishhh December 19, 2011, 10:26 am

    Amazing guest post – this cake just looks wonderful!! I hope you have having a great time in Taiwan!

  • Cassie December 19, 2011, 11:32 am

    This cake looks incredible and so moist! And ganache…say no more. I’m sold. I love ganache, especially dark chocolate ganache!

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen December 19, 2011, 1:40 pm

    Oh, dear… this cake looks amazing! My mouth is watering over this chocolate!!!

  • Divya December 19, 2011, 1:53 pm

    Nami, hope you’re having an awesome vacation!

    So nice to see Gourmantine here – I just recently started following the blog. Beautiful pictures of a very tempting cake!

  • Liz December 19, 2011, 5:43 pm

    Oh, I love Gourmantine’s blog…and so fun to find one of her fabulous desserts here, Nami!!! We love chocolate cake…and I love the deep color and rich frosting! YUM! Thank you both for sharing!

  • Happy When Not Hungry December 19, 2011, 6:58 pm

    Beautiful cake! Nice guest post :-)

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 19, 2011, 7:03 pm

    What a lovely guest post! This looks so decadent and delicious!

  • Christine December 19, 2011, 10:00 pm

    Great post. Chocolate cake looks amazing… just love it.

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise December 19, 2011, 10:10 pm

    Hope you’re having a wonderful vacation Nami :)
    It is wonderful to see Gourmantine here, you two are among the most talented and unique bloggers I have ever met

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover December 19, 2011, 10:43 pm

    A nice guest post! This chocolate cake look wonderful, i bet my family will like this cake, must try out one day.

  • Zee @ The Recipe Code December 19, 2011, 11:15 pm

    Love love love chocolate cakes and I am so glad I now have another variation of my favorite cake! :)

  • Christy December 20, 2011, 12:40 am

    Wow, what a beauty!:) All your guest posts are just as enticing as your own posts, I am really impressed, and they just make me wanna come here more often..hehe, that’s a good thing;)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 20, 2011, 1:22 am

    What a great guest post! And that’s great that she has the energy to cook at night. I must admit I’m a day baker. I just want to crawl in bed at night :P

  • Jenny December 20, 2011, 1:57 am

    that looks just delicious. great pic!

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb December 20, 2011, 2:58 am

    wow I d like a bite please! great post gourmantines, absolutly mesmerizing photos!
    Chocolate is always awesome. =D

  • Rosa December 20, 2011, 4:13 am

    A gorgeous cake and great guest post! Thanks for the interesting interview.

    Happy Holidays!



  • Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family December 20, 2011, 7:41 am

    Oh my goodness the beautiful food just continues!

    I cannot wait to hear about your trip to Taiwan.

    Please have safe travels and of course and wonderfully enjoyable time :)

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) December 20, 2011, 11:53 am

    Gourmantine hit is out of the park again. Gorgeous!

  • Melanie @ Melanie Cooks December 20, 2011, 12:45 pm

    What a beautiful chocolate cake! Looks amazing!

  • Caroline December 20, 2011, 1:01 pm

    Fabulous guest post…this cake is simply stunning! x

  • Gourmantine December 20, 2011, 2:18 pm

    Nami, thank you so much for inviting me to share a recipe on your wonderful blog and very big thanks to everyone for the sweet words! :)

  • wok with ray December 20, 2011, 3:03 pm

    What a beautiful and mouthwatering chocolate cake! Thank you, Nami for having Gourmantine as a guest and as always, great choice.

    ~ ray ~

  • Vicki Bensinger December 20, 2011, 5:43 pm

    What a pretty little cake and so Full of chocolate, just how I like it!

  • torviewtoronto December 20, 2011, 6:08 pm

    guest post looks wonderful cake looks fabulous

  • JavelinWarrior December 20, 2011, 8:05 pm

    This is a fantastic little cake – kinda like a personal bit of decadence. The only trouble is, I’m fairly sure one cake would never be enough. Or two. ;) So sharing these with guests could be difficult…

  • Ann December 20, 2011, 9:12 pm

    What an amazing cake and it’s SO nice to meet you!

  • Raymund December 20, 2011, 10:34 pm

    Thats what you call chocolate indulgence!

  • Sharon | ChineseSoupPot.com December 20, 2011, 11:26 pm

    Boy, this is a beautiful chocolate cake! Even though the cake layers look so moist and fluffy and the ganache so rich and decadent, this cake somehow does not look so dangerous and evil! Perhaps it is the cute mini sized version of the cake in the photos – this dessert just look like an elegant classy yummness!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com December 20, 2011, 11:36 pm

    Amazing guest post, gorgeous photos and drool-worthy recipe. I want to be naughty and add some ice-cream too! :D

  • Nic@diningwithastud December 21, 2011, 3:45 pm

    What a stunning cake! Simple, yet perfect :)

  • Carolyn Jung December 21, 2011, 8:47 pm

    Love the plating. The cherries give that pop of color. Plus, who doesn’t love chocolate and cherries? A winning combo that can’t be beat.

  • Elies_Lie December 22, 2011, 3:40 am

    loves this chocolate cake sooo chocolately!!!
    tq for sharing the recipe and introduce her to us nami!
    followed u on fb and twitter! ;)

  • Tiffany December 28, 2011, 6:31 pm

    What a beautiful cake!

  • Katherine Martinelli December 30, 2011, 9:24 am

    What an incredible guest post! I love gourmentine, and this is just gorgeous :-D

  • Magic of Spice December 31, 2011, 11:29 am

    Beautiful guest post and cake!

  • Wall Decals January 6, 2012, 12:39 am

    Hey…The picture is really stunning.Truly inspires to try out this recipe.Recently tried a chocolate cake for new year…but added eggs and milk too.

  • kumi January 31, 2012, 7:29 pm

    When I see the picture from above, it looks like a cupcake. Cute~
    Looks delicious :9 thanks~~

  • suzzane khan April 22, 2013, 1:16 am

    omg!!! its really quite intresting thing for me to learn and to try new dishes……..amd m damn sure dat this gonna surprise ma mom who shouts alot on me and keeps on telling me dat i dont even know the word c of cooking!!!!last bt nt the least i wana be thanksful for this lovely site for teaching wonderful dishes!!!

    • Nami April 22, 2013, 4:44 pm

      Hi Suzzane! Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad to hear you enjoy my blog!