“If I were a headmaster I would get rid of the history teacher and get a chocolate teacher instead.”
Roald Dahl, The Roald Dahl Cookbook
I don’t know about you, but when I think of Roald Dahl I think of food. Whether it’s Bunce’s doughnuts in Fantastic Mr. Fox or the Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, food always seems to play an important role in Dahl’s work.
The classic book Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes has been on my wish list for a while, but I’ve just recently added The Roald Dahl Cookbook, released in 1991, to that list as well. It was written during the last year of Dahl’s life and includes stories straight from his family’s farmhouse table. There’s even an entire chapter on chocolate. The man loved his chocolate, which is one of the many reasons I love him. He’s associated with chocolate because of a certain factory, but there’s also that memorable scene from Matilda when Bruce Bogtrotter is forced to finish an entire chocolate cake in one sitting. I suppose an entire cake in one sitting might make someone feel sick but I think that I’m totally up to that challenge.
Inspired by Roald Dahl’s love of chocolate and my own incessant sweet tooth, I made some chocolate cake and ate bite after delicious bite in his honour. I used my favourite vegan chocolate cake recipe to make these cakes (in addition to my favourite Nordic Ware Heritage Bundlette Cake Pan), but if you want to make the actual recipe for Bruce Bogtrotter’s Chocolate Cake, you can find it here.