Have you seen Giada De Laurentiis on the Food TV's Everyday Italian? She just kills me. She's so UP all the time like an espresso chihuahua.
I think I discovered why - on her recent show "Italian Dessert Party", Giada (who reminds me of an even smaller Susan Lucci) whipped up a Chocolate Amaretti cake. Sugar, caffeine, it all makes sense! And the recipe looked so simple. I had to try it to get my OWN Italian chocolate buzz on.
I rewound the Tivo, wrote down the ingredients and the procedures, and gave it a whirl. What I produced tastes like heaven, but looks a bit more like the Martian terrain.
Listen to me when I tell you this: Butter the hell out of your springform before proceding and let the cake cool for two solid hours before you attempt to separate the cake from the pan. Cocoa dusting can only cover up so much damage. And I still am not sure where the two big bubbles that look like impact craters under the cake came from.
I guess an ugly cake has one advantage - more for me. And it does taste outrageously good. If you have a springform pan and a source for amaretti cookies, try making this cake.
This is not my recipe so I direct you to Food Network for the details.
This brings us to the burning question - Giada or Susan?
I'm thinking Giada. Definitely Giada. Lucci may have her Emmy, but De Laurentiis has an Oster. (Get it? Get it?)