Inspired Recipe: Deconstructed Chocolate Cake with Pudding and Raspberry Compote
One of the conversations in The Lover’s Dictionary revolves around the topic of terrible first dates, and as the female relives her worst one, she emphasizes how quickly she had to end it, not even staying for dessert. As the couple continues to talk and laugh about their romantic misadventures, they have so much to discuss that they end up ordering second helpings of dessert. It is a small moment in a series of small moments that together convince the reader that these two are in love.
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I knew that I wanted to bake a decadent dessert based on this anecdote, but more than that, I wanted to create something deconstructed, an entire dessert broken down to the sum of its parts. That inspired this deconstructed chocolate cake with pudding and raspberry compote.
Here’s how to put this beautiful dish together, step by step.
First, bake the cakes (which are really just cupcakes with the tops lopped off).
While the pudding is setting, get to work on the raspberry compote. You can cook this for as long or little as you like, depending on how chunky you like it. The way I made it, it reached jam-like consistency. In fact, the leftover compote was great on toast!
When each ingredient is complete, serve side by side on a platter with whipped cream.
Now that you’re good and hungry, read our recommendation of the book that inspired this recipe: The Lover’s Dictionary.