Thursday, June 26, 2008

Oh Heavenly Cake

So, today I am torn between writing about this amazing book I just started and finished this week (The Shack) or this amazing cake I just finished devouring (Heavenly Cake, so aptly named). Unfortunately, I can't find a link to a picture of this oh so Heavenly Cake, but even if I could, I don't know that a picture would do it justice.  Even as I start to type, my decision between writing of the book, which seriously has changed my view of God and I will write about later, and this cake, has been made. Mostly because I finished the book before I finished the piece of cake...and that's about as far back as my memory goes these days. 

There's a restaurant in downtown Franklin called the Franklin Mercantile (and Deli). They have always been known for their great breakfast items and huge lunch menu. I actually used to go there a lot when I worked in downtown a few years ago, and always had great experiences (like frequently running into Faith and Tim as they walked their dogs). Anyway, the cute little shop just started offering a dinner/tapas menu a few weeks ago. It's a short list of items (about 4 - 8 in each category) but with any of them, you can't go wrong. Nathan took me there a few weeks ago for our date night dinner and we enjoyed a great meal, live music, and then a HUGE piece of Heavenly Cake (all thanks to our great server that night who hooked it up for the pregnant girl needing chocolate!). I had intentions of writing about it then, but it was not until our second trip back that I was truly struck by the sheer perfection this dessert is. 

In brief, the cake is simple. But simple is all it needs to be. It's a very very light and airy chocolate cake, topped with a layer of chocolate fudge/pudding, and topped with a layer of real whipped cream...about a half inch layer. And on the whipped cream is a light fudge sauce, strategically placed on top of the whip...perfection. I wish I had a picture. There was an article in the paper a few weeks back about the restaurant's new venture, but I didn't pay much attention. Well, now I am paying attention.

Now I am on a quest, not only to find a recipe for this Heavenly Cake, but to find one that is even better than the original. I may just have to try and work something up on my own, as thus far I have had no luck.  I'll let you know, and when I do, I'll post picture after picture of the glorious masterpiece. Until then, just pretend you can taste the chocolatey-ness and the cold whipped topping with a hint of fudge sauce and pretend it melts in your mouth like nothing else you've ever tasted. I might just have to start practicing little boy is going to need to know the joy that is this dessert.


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