Coco Noir Chocolate cake

Last night, we celebrated our friend Janet’s birthday. My wife did the bulk of the cooking, as well as bought the very nice looking chocolate cake from Coco Noir.

For dinner we had leek and potato soup (because it is cold outside), fried noodles, pan-fried salmon fillets, potatoes and vegetables. All this was washed down with some nice aged Nicolas Feuillate champagne (lots of taste of honey and nuts – lovely). I have only one shot of the food, as the rest of the images should please the chocolate lover.

Bird's eye view of the dinner table
Bird’s eye view of the dinner table

Coco Noir is a chocolatier in Headington, Oxford. My wife must have been thinking about this shop for a long while, as this came as a complete surprise to the rest of us; mind you, I’m no longer surprised to be surprised by my wife – but it was a very kind gesture.

The whole cake from Coco Noir
The whole cake from Coco Noir

I have to say that the chocolate was very nicely decorated, but during the transporting process home, the decorations on top had migrated slightly to one side. Even the top chocolate truffle had fallen off the pile. But we left it as it is, as it still looked very nice.

Chocolates from Coco Noir with strawberries
Chocolates from Coco Noir with strawberries
Chocolate impression of Stone Henge
Chocolate impression of Stone Henge
Chocolate glaze with some white chocolate swirls
Chocolate glaze with some white chocolate swirls
One special chocolate truffle for the birthday girl
One special chocolate truffle for the birthday girl
My slice of chocolate cake
My slice of chocolate cake

The big surprise of the night was that the adults enjoyed it more than the children. My daughters said it was too sweet for them, whereas the adults did not think so. I would have expected the complete opposite response. But there you go. But it did taste good – will go well with a nice cup of freshly brewed coffee in the morning.

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