Chocolate Freak Out… for my 100th Post!

I made it to 100 posts. I figure that’s some sort of milestone that should be celebrated in one way or another, right?

Cake is always a good choice for celebrating. I actually brought this cake to my In-Law’s house since they were hosting a little family barbecue. And yes, it’s really called, “Chocolate Freak Out.”

The recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbook authors: Diane Rossen Worthington- in an older cookbook called, The California Cook. Everything I’ve tried from this cookbook author has been excellent.

I knew I wanted to make a simple pale-pink tinted whipped cream topping for this cake (mother-in-law’s favorite color is pink), but I had to get creative with making it pretty. I saw this method for making cute things to top cupcakes on Bakerella’s blog, and I thought I’d try it for my Freak Out Cake. I drew a little flower on red paper and then slipped it under some waxed paper to use as a tracing piece for my melted chocolate wafers.

Melted white chocolate wafers were drizzled into the centers of the flowers, and tinted pink chocolate was used for the petals.

Here are some of the completed chocolate flowers.

And when they’re dry, you flip them over, and they’re nice and flat and pretty (and a bit whimsical- looking.)

The cake recipe is very different than a typical chocolate cake. Made in a springform pan, this one falls somewhere between a cake, a torte and a cheesecake. I made this one day and then wrapped and refrigerated it overnight. The next day, the cake seemed hard as a rock. Literally. I was a bit worried. But I trudged forth and decorated anyways. I told the family that there was a chance that we wouldn’t be having dessert.

All the worrying was for naught. It softened up slightly after about 20 minutes at room temperature. This was a chocolate lover’s dream. A little slice was completely satisfying. I took only a couple of bites, and left all the remaining slices behind… since I’m watching my behind.

*Note… the cake may also be covered with a simple sprinkle of powdered sugar or you can really freak it out with a layer of rich ganache.

This cake recipe can be found HERE.

62 Responses to “Chocolate Freak Out… for my 100th Post!”

  1. postedJun 3, 2008 11:01 AM

    Ooh, happy blogaversary! πŸ™‚ The cake is totally cute! I like the decorating touches you used πŸ™‚

  2. postedJun 3, 2008 11:35 AM

    Very cute and tasty looking cake.

  3. postedJun 3, 2008 12:11 PM

    Happy 100th – goodness, your blog doesn’t look a day over 20.
    The cake looks really dense – serious chocolate. Love the flowers – nice touch.

  4. postedJun 3, 2008 12:15 PM
    Mary Coleman

    Happy 100th post! I hit that milestone last week. It was so exciting. This dessert is so pretty!
    Another fab dessert from you!

  5. postedJun 3, 2008 1:00 PM

    100 posts, wow, congratulations! That cake looks fabulous, and those flowers are the cutest decorations ever!

  6. postedJun 3, 2008 1:32 PM

    happy 100th-post! I love the chocolate flowers decor on your cake. I saw it on bakerella blog too, I need to try this one day, so adorable!

  7. postedJun 3, 2008 1:49 PM
    Mevrouw Cupcake

    Your flowers are so cute! I definitely need to learn how to do that!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I really like yours and will be back again soon!

  8. postedJun 3, 2008 2:18 PM
    Mike of Mike's Table

    Congrats on 100! Also, that cake looks awesome! I’m sure that went over well

  9. postedJun 3, 2008 2:24 PM

    Congrats on the 100th post! Great cake and cute flowers.

  10. postedJun 3, 2008 2:24 PM

    Congrats on your 100th post! That’s quite a milestone, and quite a cake! It looks totally decadent. You did a beautiful job with the flowers. They look soooo pretty!

  11. postedJun 3, 2008 2:49 PM
    Proud Italian Cook

    Conratulations Lori on your 100th post! You should be very proud! What a great daughter in law to bring such a decadent cake to your in laws. Looking forward to your next 100 and more!

  12. postedJun 3, 2008 3:24 PM

    Congrats on your 100th post! I’m loving those flowers. Anything named Chocolate Freak Out has to be good πŸ™‚

  13. postedJun 3, 2008 3:33 PM

    Kudos for your 100th. I loved the vanilla melt flowers. It’s such a fun and easy method.

  14. postedJun 3, 2008 4:11 PM
    Catherine Wilkinson

    What an adorable cake! Perfect for a wedding or baby shower! Congratulations on the 100th!

  15. postedJun 3, 2008 4:41 PM

    Those little flowers are the piece de resistance!
    Happy 100th post, I’ve only been reading you for a short time, but am enjoying every moment, and look forward to tuning in each day to see what you’ve whipped up.

  16. postedJun 3, 2008 5:16 PM
    Patricia Scarpin

    And what a beautiful cake this is! i love the delicate flower decorations you made. Congratulations on your 100th post!

  17. postedJun 3, 2008 5:41 PM

    100 posts is definitely a milestone!! Congrats!

    This cake looks amazing. And the artwork just takes it to another level!

  18. postedJun 3, 2008 5:56 PM

    Congrats! What a great looking cake.

  19. postedJun 3, 2008 6:30 PM

    Happy 100th post! Great looking cake!

  20. postedJun 3, 2008 6:39 PM

    Happy 100th! Very impressive! And the cake is beautiful – love the flowers. Viva Recipe Girl!! πŸ™‚

  21. postedJun 3, 2008 7:01 PM

    happy 100th! and i would totally go for the ganache. if you’re gonna go, go all the way! πŸ™‚

  22. postedJun 3, 2008 7:25 PM
    Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

    Well done on your 100th post. I completely miss my milestone – when I looked again, I was on 125. Lovely cake and the flowers are super-cute.

  23. postedJun 3, 2008 7:41 PM
    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

    This looks beautiful! I love the flowers and the cake does sound divine! Happy 100th! πŸ™‚

  24. postedJun 3, 2008 7:43 PM

    What a wonderfully whimsical design! I love it. Congratulations on your 100th post – my, my you are a busy girl! And, I’m so glad that you ar too b/c my family is benefiting from your labors in the kitchen. Thank you for all the yummy posts.

    xoxox Amy

  25. postedJun 3, 2008 8:05 PM

    Congrats Lori! I have some catching up to do πŸ™‚ The cake looks delicious but the decorations are my favorite part! Super cute!!

  26. postedJun 3, 2008 8:08 PM
    Peter M

    Congrats Lori, you blog is in full stride, and diverse in the dishes you present.

    Let’s celebrate with 2 pieces of this cake!

  27. postedJun 3, 2008 8:10 PM

    The cake looks fantastic, but the little flowers are the star of the show. They are darling! And happy 100th!

  28. postedJun 3, 2008 9:04 PM

    Happy blogaversary dear, the Cake is lovely and yummy ! xGloria

  29. postedJun 3, 2008 10:35 PM

    I can not think of a better way to celebrate your 100th post. πŸ™‚

  30. postedJun 3, 2008 11:32 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your 100th post!!
    and the cake is so cute!

  31. postedJun 3, 2008 11:40 PM
    noble pig

    Oh wow, I would love to freak out with this! I really would.

    I’ve eaten two candy bars today and I’m still not satisfied!

    Love the decorations too!

  32. postedJun 4, 2008 12:46 AM
    Vicarious Foodie

    I love those cute flowers! Congrats on your 100th post!!

  33. postedJun 4, 2008 1:52 AM

    Congratulations on 100 posts! Great job decorating that cake!!

  34. postedJun 4, 2008 1:56 AM

    Another winning recipe! And congrats on your 100th post!–woohoo!

  35. postedJun 4, 2008 2:25 AM

    Congrats on your 100th post!! The cake sounds delicious; I love the flowers on top — going to have to remember that idea for the future! πŸ™‚

  36. postedJun 4, 2008 3:07 AM

    What a better way to celebrate than with chocolate! And I am so gonna steal that tip for making cake decorations!

    Congrats on 100 posts!

  37. postedJun 4, 2008 3:40 AM

    Congrats!!! That looks amazing!!! I love chocolate!!!

  38. postedJun 4, 2008 3:49 AM
    My Sweet & Saucy

    Happy 100th blog post! What a fun cake for this celebration!

  39. postedJun 4, 2008 4:22 AM

    congrats on your 100th!

  40. postedJun 4, 2008 4:43 AM
    the southern hostess

    Congrats on your 100th post! What a great way to celebrate! Love the decorations.

  41. postedJun 4, 2008 5:05 AM

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I love yours…congratulations on 100!! I hope me and my little blog reach that some time soon πŸ™‚

  42. postedJun 4, 2008 8:02 AM

    congratulations on reaching 100th!! lovely cake. i really like that chocolate flower.

  43. postedJun 4, 2008 8:28 AM
    Clumbsy Cookie

    The cake is just precious! Congratulations on the 100th post!

  44. postedJun 4, 2008 12:58 PM

    Yes, making it to your 100th blog post is DEFINITELY a milestone worth celebrating – congratulations!!! I LOVE your blog, so I do hope that you write at least 100 MORE blog posts :0) And that chocolate cake?? PERFECT way to celebrate – especially with the fun decorating technique!! Glad to read that the cake softened up the next day, so that it could continue to be enjoyed :0)

  45. postedJun 4, 2008 5:19 PM
    Lori Lynn

    Yay for your 100th!
    Adorable cake, too!

  46. postedJun 4, 2008 5:57 PM

    Happy 100 post anniversary!!!

  47. postedJun 4, 2008 6:10 PM

    That’s such a fantastic name for a cake!! I want to make it on those grounds alone XD. I love the flowers as well; do you mind me asking what white chocolate wafers are? Are they just normal white chocolate? I’m either showing a cultural difference here or just being stupendously dense, haha. Cheers x

  48. postedJun 4, 2008 6:49 PM

    100 posts, and a perfect “10” with this cake! It’s so beautifully decorated–it just makes me smile looking at it. However, that smile would gladly widen and disappear to shovel some of this cake into my mouth.

  49. postedJun 4, 2008 9:00 PM

    Happy 100th and what a cute and tasty looking cake! You make it look easy, but I think cake decorating can be so intimidating!

  50. postedJun 4, 2008 10:18 PM

    Congrats on the 100th post! Your cake looks scrumptious!

  51. postedJun 5, 2008 12:37 AM

    You guys are all completely AMAZING! Thank you so much for stopping by to add your sweet comments on my 100th day πŸ™‚ HUGS TO ALL!!

  52. postedJun 5, 2008 1:22 AM

    Happy 100th Post!

    That looks absolutely decadent! Yum!

  53. postedJun 5, 2008 1:37 AM

    WOW 100 posts! That is certainly an accomplishment to be celebrated! The cake is gorgeous! And I can’t to try the technique from Bakerella as well.

  54. postedJun 5, 2008 2:11 AM

    I LOVE this idea. Using wax paper as tracing paper is brilliant! They look so whimsical and pretty (and edible!). Congratulations on your blog anniversary!
    Shari@Whisk: a food blog

  55. postedJun 5, 2008 3:26 AM

    Adorable Lori! Happy 100th post, you’ve got such a great blog! I love the look of your cake!

  56. postedJun 5, 2008 5:36 AM

    Happy 100th post! What a great occasion! This cake looks yummy – my type of cake, I want some:)

  57. postedJun 5, 2008 3:05 PM
    Cookie baker Lynn

    I love the piped flowers. So cute! The cake looks delicious, too. Happy 100th post! Also, drop by my blog to pick up an award.

  58. postedJun 5, 2008 5:40 PM
    Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide

    This is brilliant decorating…..

  59. postedJun 6, 2008 4:35 PM
    Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor"


    You go girl! Congrats. This cake is de-lish! BTW……this post was also my inspiration to make another (sorry….) chocolate creation that is quite similar, only without the flour…….”Chocolate Idiot Cake”. My friend wanted a “flourless” chocolate cake, so I had to make “both”. At least both of us wound up happy……LOL

  60. postedJun 6, 2008 9:28 PM

    I absolutely LOVE your cake decorations. I’m a lousy baker (and decorator) so I’m not sure if I’d be able to give that a shot. But very nice to look at nonetheless.

  61. postedJun 7, 2008 3:20 AM

    congrats on the 100 posts :). I love the flowers on the cake…the title is definitely appropriate, at least for me ;)…i always feel i need chocolate after freaking out about something.

  62. postedJun 10, 2008 8:16 AM

    Happy blogaversary πŸ™‚

    Your cake looks amazing and that entire yummy chocolate freak out, count this chocoholic in πŸ™‚

    Rosie x

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