Smile for the camera….

At this point I am waiting for people to hire photographers for first date photos. Seriously wedding photographers, this could be your new thing. I think people would fall for it. Hire a photographer to go out with you on every first date because you never know, this could be the one. And wouldn’t it be nice if you could look back on your first date and know that it was all captured by a professional photographer.

I bring this up because I am in awe of how many things nowadays people hire professional photographers for. Don’t get me wrong if you have the money and you want it done, go for it, I certainly have enough friends who take pictures for a living and would appreciate the work. But let’s look for example of a girl I know who her boyfriend arranged for them to have photos of him proposing done. The girl thought they were just getting their pictures taken for a Christmas card. But he popped the question. That wasn’t their engagement photos. It made sense to me that these would be engagement photos since they got engaged and all but nope. The now newlywed had decided that if she had known she was getting engaged that day she would have worn something different. So they got engagement photos. They got photos professionally done for their co-shower. Her bachelorette party (joy…drunk pictures). Photos done of the rehearsal dinner. And of course the wedding. Oh and the brunch the day after where they opened gifts. Ummm. Now I know you want to capture the day and all, but after a couple of years the 9,000 wedding photos you have won’t be displayed in your home. You will have about three. Three is good. This also means you will torture people with your 9,000 photos. Don’t. That is cruel and unusual punishment.

Perhaps the strangest photography moment came at my book club a few months back. I am fairly new to this group. My old one fell apart, it was bound to when we were starting to read books from our childhood since no one had time to read long books. Though who doesn’t love a little Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret? (No we really read that, good news was this was the book every person actually read in the club :D ). Anyway, I am sitting there and I am watching this woman take pictures and I just assume that she likes taking pictures and is a member of our club and she just wasn’t at the last meeting. I found it awkward that she was taking photos of me eating coffee cake and me trying to be polite and eat grapes with a fork (just pick them up, they move around and you look like a moron). I also noticed she was taking a lot of pictures of the hostess seven year old daughter who was there as well. So we started to discuss the book and the woman was still taking pictures. So finally I just said “I’m sorry, I don’t know you, are you new to the group?” to the woman taking pictures. She told me “oh, no. K hired me to take photos of H’s first book club meeting”. Really? Really? No, really? Thank goodness that moment was caught on film…for $200 not including prints, which I am told I am fortunate enough to buy if I so choose. No, thanks, I have plenty of photos of me eating coffee cake. :P

We had book club again last week, which we tried for a week night this time around (I prefer weekend). They tried to get me to make chocolate molten cake. No one was catching on that this is not really a portable dessert and needs to be eaten warm. But it did get me thinking about chocolate molten cake. It used to be everywhere and now has fallen out of favor. I still like it. Friends of mine are in Germany right now at Oktoberfest and so that made me think of Black Forest Cake…and that’s where the idea for this all came from.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend…hopefully you hired someone to photograph it for you. :P

Black Forest Molten Cake

4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 tsp. Kirsch liquor
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
6 TBSP all-purpose flour
12 cherries, pitted (two for each cake)
Whipped Cream to garnish
Cherries to garnish

Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter 6 (6-ounce) custard cups or soufflé dishes. Place on baking sheet.

Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwavable bowl on HIGH 1 minute or until butter is melted.

Stir with wire whisk until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in vanilla and Kirsch.

Stir in sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and yolk. Stir in flour. Pour batter into prepared custard cups.

Place two cherries in middle of custard cup.

Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until sides are firm but centers are soft. Let stand 1 minute.

Carefully loosen edges with small knife. Invert cakes onto serving plates. Serve immediately with whipped cream and extra cherries.

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  1. That…is very strange. All those photos, my goodness. I think having a professional photography for the wedding and reception would be enough. Everything else just seems weird to me, but I guess if that floats your boat. I’ve only had my picture taken professionally a few times (family portraits mostly and senior pictures). The last one you mentioned about the book club make me snicker and raise my eyebrows.

    On the dessert note: I haven’t had molten lava cake in so long! It sounds pretty good right now…even though it’s not even 8am yet :P

  2. Those cakes look amazing! I love ooey gooey desserts.



  3. This molten cake looks delicious, I love Kirsh and chocolate.

  4. LIttle girl’s first book club? Seriously? Did she read the book and participate?

    That cake looks great! Pictures are very professional. :)

  5. I love molten cakes but have never tried to make them. The serving warm thing makes them a little difficult for me to pull off with my normal schedule. And I have yet felt the need to change my baking routine for them. Though that doesn’t make them any less fantastic… especially a black forest one (you’re pictures aren’t helping me resist either :) ).

    And I’m flabbergasted by your story… that’s ridiculous. But I thought the first rule of book club was not to talk about book club?

  6. OMG perfect picture capture. Looks amazing!

  7. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for substitutions for kirsch? I know it isn’t really black forest cake without it, but this looks delicious and I would love to make it without alcohol. I would love any suggestions. Thanks for your great blog!!!

  8. @Vicki- maybe instead of Kirsch just add a tsp of almond extract.

  9. These look delicious! A friend and I stopped recently at a well-known chain restaurant for dessert after my friend raved about the molten chocolate cake. Problem was … the molten part was COLD. I don’t expect a chain restaurant to have a pastry chef toiling in the kitchen, but they could have at least heated it sufficiently! We weren’t charged for the dessert, but it was still disappointing. I might have to make this to get over that disappointment! :)

  10. LOL!
    I think picture taking gets in the way of awesome moments sometimes.
    I am also appalled by the amount of $$$ people spend to have their children photographed. Maybe it’ll make more sense if I ever have a kid, but I doubt it.

  11. Wooooooooow that looks amazing!! My mouth is watering…. :)

  12. My uncle is one of those people who takes way too many pictures everywhere he goes and then send them all to my dad. You could make a flip book he takes pictures so frequently! And I love this variation of a molten lava cake.

  13. Loved this post! I feel exactly like you about this compulsive photo-taking syndrome.

    People go on trips, come back and send you a link to their flickr account. Fine. You go there and they uploaded 789 photos from the first two days. They were gone for 2 weeks. You get the “picture”, right?


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