First of all, I want to offer my most humble apology to Joanne of Apple Crumbles for not posting this on Wednesday! I had every intention of posting it on time. I really did. That was on Monday the 28th when I thought about what day it was and said to myself, "Self, don't forget to post your CWF results on Wednesday." Then, the rest of the week and all the craziness that after Christmas and pre-New Year is washed over me like a rouge wave in the ocean, knocking me down and tossing me around, until I came up gasping and coughing and realized it was the 1st of January and I should have posted this two days ago. So, I throw myself upon Joanne's mercy (and the rest of the Chocolate with Francois gang) and ask for forgiveness. And, do you know what the worst part is? I baked this cake the 6th of December! Almost a month ago. And, then totally forgot to post on the posting day. I promise, no I resolve to do better in 2010 and post on time. :}
I did not find any one step really difficult. Some may have, but with all the baking I have done, it was pretty basic stuff. I baked the bottom cake layer up ahead of time and had that chilling in the freezer. The top layer came together pretty well. I meleted the chocolate and cocoa butter and spread it over the acetate. Into the fridge for a chill. Then on to the filling.
I don't think I like pine nuts. I toasted them and put them in the processor. Followed the rest of the filling directions (melting more chocolate with more cocoa butter) mixed everything together and let it cool. Tasted it with really high expectations, and found the flavor to be kind of blah. The more I think about this cake, the more I think it would have been much better with almonds, or maybe hazelnuts. I just didn't care for the pine nut and chocolate combination. My hubby didn't much care for it either. In fact, after his initial piece (he's my quality control guy :D) he didn't eat any more of it. Not that there was much to eat. I had the cake on a cake board and took it from the fridge and before I could put it on the counter the board bent or buckled, and most of the cake ended up on the floor, upside down. Guess I could have taken a picture of that, but I was so upset I didn't think about it then.
My bottom line on this one...I didn't feel it worth all the effort. Too many steps for too little reward in my humble opinion. Maybe I would feel different if I made it with different nuts, but don't see me trying it again any time soon. Pop over to Chocolate with Francois and see what the other bakers thought of this one.