I don’t bake sweets that often mainly because I’m terrible at baking. But, I heard it was someone’s birthday today. In honor of such a momentous occasion, I decided to create a cake which was a special request by the Diablo III team: Heart of Sin Cakes.
Almost burned my hand lighting that candle because I am an idiot.
I’ll talk about the cake later, though. I’ve got a more important topic to cover: Patch 1.08.
About a week ago, Patch 1.08 was unleashed upon the Americas server. Of course, that means that a lot of changes were rolled out. One of the most exciting changes (in my opinion) is the huge buff to experience and magic/gold find when in multiplayer games. As a result, I started joining random public games in order to take advantage of the sweet bonuses. I had a lot of fun and found a good amount of legendaries on my runs. It’s a win-win situation.
I’ve had the pleasure of playing with some CM wizards on a several long runs in Act I and Act II. Having a CM wizard in your party has some great advantages, however, the constant spell effects from the wizards and myself take a massive toll on my dusty old laptop.
I have no idea what’s going on here… I hope we’re winning though.
I don’t know about you, but I love seeing my damage numbers explode on the screen. I’m using a new build that relies on the new-and-improved Rapid Fire. Currently, I’m using the Bombardment rune. It kind of looks like my DH is having a tinkle.
hahahahah. I have the maturity of a seven-year-old.
So yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past week. Running around and tinkling on mobs. THIS IS MY DEMON HUNTER LIFE STYLE. Deal with it.
Earlier in this post I mentioned something about cake! But, this isn’t your ordinary cake — this is cake derived of sin. Sinfully sweet sugar, fattening butter, exceptionally dark chocolate, and potent booze all combined together to create the ultimate treat for the Lord of Hell.
It’s Diablo III’s first birthday and we’re celebrating it in style! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
OK, let’s talk about this cake.
For this recipe, I used unsweetened 100% cacao. It’s an incredibly rich chocolate.
If you don’t like the taste of super dark chocolate (it can get bitter), I suggest using 60% semi-sweet baking chocolate. If you choose to use a darker chocolate, the red food coloring will not be as vibrant.
Edit: A few people have pointed out to me that this isn’t a true red velvet cake. A true red velvet cake contains some sort of acid (vinegar usually) to react chemically with the chocolate in order to create that bright red. (TIL!)
This is more of a red-colored cake. 😛
- 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla
- 2 tablespoons of red food dye (add more if you’d like a more vibrant red)
- 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter (reserve about 1/2 of a tablespoon to grease the ramekins)
- 4 tablespoons (about 1 shot and a half) of coffee liqueur
- 1/2 oz of dark baking chocolate (if the chocolate you’re using comes in a bar, this is roughly about 6 squares)
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 4 eggs
- (optional): powdered sugar
I couldn’t stop taking pictures.
Total prep time is about 30 minutes. Actual cook time is roughly 10 minutes. This makes 4 servings.
Calories per serving: ~480 calories
Note: cooking times may vary depending on the strength of your oven and your elevation. You may want to try placing 1 lava cake in oven to try out different testing the times.
Recipe adapted from “Cooked By Julie”
- Preheat your oven to 400° F (~204° C)
- Place a bowl over a pot of bowling water to create a double boiler (also called a bain-marie). Make sure the water does not touch the bowl.
- Place 3 and 1/2 tablespoons of butter into the bowl. Let the butter melt. Once the butter has melted, add in your chocolate (broken into pieces) to the bowl. Stir the chocolate while it melts. Remove from heat.
- In another bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, sugar, and coffee liqueur. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Slowly add in one scoop of melted chocolate into the egg mixture. Stir the chocolate and egg mixture. Repeat until all of the chocolate has been added to the egg mixture.
- Add in your flour. Add in red food coloring and stir. To get a brighter red, add in more food coloring.
- Grease your ramekins with butter. Ladle the chocolate batter into each ramekin.
- Bake for about 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 – 10 minutes.
- Use a knife to gently trace around the edges of the cake. This will allow the cake to easily slide out of the ramekin.
- Place a plate on top of the ramekin. Firmly hold the ramekin against the plate and flip the entire thing over so that the ramekin is face down on the plate. Gently shake the ramekin until the cake slides out.
- (optional) Dust with powdered sugar.
- Add raspberries for tartness.
Ta-da! GG WP for Heart of Sin Cakes. They’re sinfully delicious.
Like any good lava cake, the center should ooze out when you cut it open. And you know what else oozes out when you cut it open? The Sin Heart in Act III.
The resemblance is uncanny!
The Heart of Sin cakes are the perfect accompaniment to the Diablo III birthday celebrations. Support the Diablo III streamers by checking out their TwitchTV channels today — you might have a chance to win some sweet loot.
If you just feel like playing, hop in and enjoy sweet sweet EXP and magic/gold find bonuses. Just do your best to not die.
See you in game. 😀