I'd like to thank Holly of PheMOMenon (click for recipe) for choosing this 15 Minute Magic: Chocolate Amaretto Torte and making my life a bit easier this Easter Weekend. I offered to make a cake for Easter dinner, knowing that this would be a delicious and elegant dessert that wouldn't take me all day to make. Two days before, I had baked 4 dozen cupcakes for Cupcake Camp NYC (which I will write about later this week) and wreaked havoc on my parents kitchen, leaving the countertops and cabinets smeared with flours and frosting, so it was nice to bake something that only needed to pulse in a food processor.
I remember a commercial from about 15 years ago where a mother was making Rice Krispie treats in the kitchen while her guests waited in the living room. To make them think she was slaving away in the kitchen, she threw some flour on her face and clothes and made her way through the swinging kitchen door in mock weariness. The guests were elated as they lunged for the delicious treats as they smiled and laughed as only people in commercials do.
Looking back on this, I don't know what kind of person would fall for a trick like that. What kind of Rice Krispie treat recipe uses flour?
However, at the ripe old age of 12 years old, I used to bake Christmas cookies from the slice and bake logs and would throw flour on myself and muck up my hair in order to trick my unsuspecting family into thinking that I baked the cookies from scratch.
Yes, it is true. My secret is out. And I am not ashamed of it. Not one bit.
Now that I have learned how to actually bake, I would never do that (although I am often tempted). I did want to jazz up the cake a bit, so I made a mini cake for photo purposes, placed the cake atop an amaretto cookie, topped the cake with a layer of chocolate mousse, topped the layer of chocolate mousse with the chocolate ganache and let the cake set, set it on a smear of chocolate and eccola! The deliciously dense, rich, and velvety chocolate cake paired so well with the supremely light, creamy mousse. It was like a chocolate party in my mouth that took 20 minutes to make instead of 15.
I think we've all just found a way to make an impressive dessert without cheating! What do Snap, Crackle and Pop know?
As a side note, are those the names of the little Rice Krispie elves? Are they even elves? Why can't I find this on Google? Wikipedia? Is the Kellog's Company proficient at creating a ruse to trick and confuse people? Who would win in a fight: the Keebler Elves or the ambiguous Rice Krispie Treat Elfen-like creatures? These are the questions to which I need answers!
In the meantime, check out more 15 Minute Magic over at TWD!