Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Silver for Tea and a Valentine's Dessert . . . .

This is Miss Mamie's Silver tea set. It's Gorham's Plymouth from the 1920's. Engraved with her initials and a wedding present. There is a tea pot, sugar bowl, waste bowl (into which I have put sugar cubes) and cream pitcher. The tray, however, does not belong to the set.

It's an inherited set and I adore it!

However, I wanted a coffee pot as well and so found one -- on ebay and it joined the tea pot and the waste, creamer and sugar . . . but I felt that the set still was not complete . . . because it lacked

a tea kettle

Not just any ordinary tea kettle - but one engraved with my initials. When I found it, I knew it was meant to be!

And now, my tea set is complete -- with teapot, coffee pot, spirit or tea kettle, waste bowl, creamer and sugar.

I think it looks grand on the sideboard in the dining room!

And since today is Valentine's Day . . . I'm sharing with you our Valentine's Dessert -- Chocolate Cloud Cake.

It's decadant, it's chocolate and topped with whipped cream. It can't get much better than that.

Served on my grandmother's china plate with one of Mrs. Boland's forks.

The recipe is from Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax -- and it is chocolate heaven on a plate -- thus the name cloud describes it perfectly!

Chocolate Cloud Cake

8 ounces semi sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces, softened
6 large eggs: 2 whole, 4 separated
1 cup sugar
2 T. Grand Marnier
Grated zest of 1 orange

Whipped Cream Topping:

1 1/2 cups heavy cream, sell chilled
3 T. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla


Preheat oven to 350. Line the bottom of an 8 inch springform pan with a round of parchment paper, do not butter the pan. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a bowl set over hot water. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter until melted; set aside.

In a bowl, whisk the 2 whole eggs and the 4 egg yolks with 1/2 cup of the sugar just until blended. Whisk in the warm chocolate mixture. Whisk in the Grand Marnier and the orange zest.

In another bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the 4 egg whites until foamy. Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and beat until the whites form soft mounds that hold their shape but are not quite stiff. Stir about 1/4 of the beaetn egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it; gently fold in the remaining whites. Pour the batter into the pan; smooth the top.

Bake until the top of the cake is puffed and cracked and the center is no longer wobbly, usually 35 to 40 minutes. Do not overbake.

Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rac; the cake will sink as it cools, forming a crater with high sides.

Whipped Cream Topping: At serving time, whip the cream with the confectioners sugar and vanilla until not quite soft. With a spatula, carefully fill the center of the cake with the whipped cream, pushing it gently to the edges. Dust the top lightly with cocoa powder. Run the tip of a knife around the edges of the cake; carefully remove the sides of the pan and serve.

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

It's also Sunday -- which means that it's Silver Sunday. Join Beth at The Gypsy Fish for Silver Sunday. See what treasures everyone has this Sunday.


Betsy said...

My heavens what a desert. I can almost taste it.
It certainly is grand displayed on the sideboard. Thank You for sharing.

The Tablescaper said...

What a magnificant tea set! And the perfect dessert to accompany such a grand tea set. You've done such a terrific job of expanding the set.

- The Tablescaper

xinex said...

Oh Martha, that dessert looks so good. I love chocolate, yum! Your teaset looks wonderful, perfect on your sideboard...Christine

Unknown said...

Happy Pink Valentine's Saturday, Martha! OMGosh what a fabulous find! Kismet! Such a precious tea set! I'm so thrilled for you!

Thank you for another yummy recipe! My blogfriend recipe folder is getting full of incredible, delicious, treats!

Have a lovely "pink" Valentine's weekend!


Joanne Kennedy said...

What a beautiful tea set and that cake looks so good, it's making me hungry!


Allie and Pattie said...

i LOVE the tea set-what a treasure! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day Martha
xoxo pattie

merilyn lee said...

Gorgeous tea set! Your cloud cake looks so yummy that I may try that recipe. Thanks for sharing it!
Happy Valentines Day and thanks for stopping by my blog!
Hugs, Marilyn

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your silver is just stunning. Such a beautiful set and I can't believe you found matching pieces. Such a treasure. Your cake sounds so yummy too. Hope you have a super Valentine's Day. Hugs, Marty

Donna Rafferty said...

Gorgeous silver setting. Gosh that dessert looks SO delish!

♥ Happy Valentine's Day!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Fabulous tea set!! or should I say tea and everything set!!! You did well to complete it.. and that cake.. well I had better run off quickly so I'm not tempted.. Have a great Valentine's Day.. Julie

Unknown said...

That dessert looks sinful!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Sarah said...

Beautiful tea service, and it looks perfect on the sideboard! I love the name, Mamie. It was the name of one of my mother's dearest friends who was the mother of my closest childhood friend.
Happy Valentine's Day to you! ~ Sarah

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Oh my goodness...that looks so GOOD!!! Gorgeous tea set and that dessert...yum, yum!!! Happy Valentines Day! Enjoy!!!

Unknown said...

Love your tea set. And that dessert, my mouth is watering. Thanks for sharing. Happy Valentines day!

The Victorian Parlor said...

Your tea service is lovely! How wonderful to have found the tea kettle! Thanks for sharing the recipe for the dessert-it sounds yummy:)!

Happy Valentine's Day!



Unknown said...

Wow your sliver is incredible! I was looking at Christine's too... I only have one piece.. From my Mother... I didn't know about this meme. I could participate once... Hahaha... Take care there... And;
~Happy Valentines Day!
Love Rainey~

Pondside said...

Of course you had to buy that kettle!
Your Valentine's dessert looks heavenly - save us a bite!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

That cake looks like a little slice of heaven!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Beautiful set of silver! Thanks for the piece of pie! It is always so nice to stop by a blog that offers you a treat! :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Unknown said...

Martha, what a gorgeous tea set! How awesome it is that you found the matching coffee pot and tea kettle . . . really wonderful! And with your initials no less!

Oh my, that dessert looks heavenly and now I'm totally hungry . . . and I just ate lunch! LOL!

Thanks so much for sharing and Happy Silver Sunday . . . Happy Valentine's Day too!


Candi said...

What an incredible tea set! It's just gorgeous and the desert sounds absolutely yummy!

Bernideen said...

That tea set is terrific. My first one was totally mismatched. My mother's cousin gave it to me a year after I was married and I still treasure it!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Absolutely gorgeous pieces! Cake sounds yummy! Happy SS!

Gypsy Fish said...

I am going to make that cake it looks amazing...however I dont have quite the serving glamor that you have ....oooh la la! Thanks for paticipating....see you next month!
{{Gypsy Valentine hugs}}

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

My friend, I just read your sweet note that you left on my Beloved Valentine table...thank you so much for coming by and taking a peek and for leaving such sweet comments!

Well, my friend...I just had to come by and see the pretty silver that you talked about in your note and I am NOT disappointed!!! Ohhh my goodness, I absolutely adore this pattern of silver and your set is gorgeous! WOW...what are the chances of you finding that beautiful tea kettle to go with your set...with you very own initials on it? Ohh was destiny, my sweet friend! I'm so happy for you and your fabulous treasure find! Your silver set looks so pretty on your sideboard...absolutely divine!

Now...I must tell you that I have never heard of a Chocolate Cloud cake but it just looks "out of this world" mmmmyummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I'm a real chocolate lover and would like to give this one a try! Thank you, dear friend for sharing it with us...and for sharing that lovely tea service! What a sweet Valentine treat!!!

Have a marvelous Monday, Martha!
Chari @Happy To Design

Sherrie said...

Your silver is gorgeous, but even better is chocolate. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely tea set you have! Thanks for this wonderful dessert recipe. Are you aware that it is gluten-free and therefore is perfect for those suffering from Celiac Disease? I am always searching for special recipes for my husband (who has Celiac). I saw this too late for Valentine's Day, so will make it in June for our anniversary. Thanks! Kay Guest

Unknown said...

You have a beautiful home Martha and that tea set fits it perfectly. Shame I'm on a diet!