Hello Melbourne!: Mörk Chocolate Brew House (and the best brownies, ever)

Information: Mörk Chocolate Brew House  150 Errol Street, North Melbourne| Phone: (03) 9328 1386| Hours:  Tuesday to Saturday 8am–5pm, Sunday, 9am–5pm |Website: morkchocolate.com.au

One of my top travel activities is researching local ingredients for favorite recipes.  So, in addition to our leisurely brunch at Auction Rooms, our day also included a stop in Mörk Chocolate Brew House, located nearby on Errol Street.   Mörk (which means “dark” in Swedish) is  best known for their ethically sourced hot chocolate in Melbourne.

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Late Night Cooking Series Part 4: Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting and Sprinkles~深夜食堂第四話:巧克力蛋糕+ 巧克力糖霜

Usually, when I think of chocolate cake, I think happy thoughts. If there is frosting on the cake, then I usually think of celebrations.  If there are sprinkles, then the happiness and celebration factor is through the roof.  But, for the first time in my life last week, I baked a chocolate cake complete with frosting and sprinkles, in the spirit of “Shake it Off” and “Let it Go.” Lately, there are some things that are going on that are just beyond my control and baking this cake was the perfect way to keep my brain from overdrive and endlessly worrying about things that I can’t fix.  It also kept my hands busy, which prevents me from shooting off emails or messages that I would probably regret later.  I must apologize for the lack of photos from the cake baking process. The lighting was especially abysmal, and it just seemed that every angle was a little bit off.  But the process was very calming. This recipe, originally from Smitten Kitchen is easy to follow and there aren’t any fancy steps or ingredients. Perfect for the sort of  mindset I was after, if that makes any sense.

By the time I had finished baking the cake, it was already 11:30 pm, and I didn’t have the energy to make the frosting or find the sprinkles.  So I just left the cake to cool and went to bed. The next morning, I searched for a buttercream recipe while drinking my coffee. By then, I was in a much better mood and the frosting worked out exactly the way I imagined it would.

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