It was a friend's birthday last month, it was that really sunny weekend in June, so he had a BBQ. I offered to make any cake of his choice (because what's a party without a cake?). I thought he'd just say 'coffee' or 'chocolate', but I got a list of 4 possibilities with links to the recipes ha ha - love it.
The choices were - Mary Berry Chocolate Orange Cake http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/mary-berrys-very-best-chocolate-and-orange-cake
Chocolate Rum and Raisin Torte http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/chocolate-rum-and-raisin-torte
Date & Ginger Cake with Caramel Glaze http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/date-and-ginger-cake-with-caramel-glaze
Classic Victoria Sponge http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1997/classic-victoria-sandwich
After umming and ahhing, as you can see, I chose Chocolate Orange cake (and a Victoria Sponge - I went for 2!). I knew I could make these nice and big and feed a large group of people.
I've never made chocolate curls before, they were very easy, so I'll definitely be using them again. You just melt chocolate and spread it out onto a marble block (which we happen to have) leave it to set and then scrape with a knife. Boom!
Yummy cake! Can't beat choc and orange. And the BBQ was fun too...
(I stole this photo from his facebook page so umm copyright David Irwin?)