Guild Wars 2's fourth anniversary is upon us, August 28th, and there's a lot to celebrate and think back on. We've had a lot of major events in the last few years: the fall of Zhaitan, the saga of Scarlet Briar and her psychotic schemes, the repeated destruction and repair of the poor lion statue in Lion's Arch, and the rise and fall of Mordremoth. We've been fortunate to enjoy other, less world-shaking events as well, such as the Mad King's repeated reign during Halloween, bright and snowy Wintersday celebrations, and jumping all day long in the Super Adventure Box. The Heart of Thorns expansion this past year brought many changes, including new zones, a new class, and halls for guilds to make their own. There have been a lot of memorable moments over the years, large and small, and they deserve to be celebrated. And nothing says "celebration" like a cake! This recipe is for THE best chocolate cake I've ever had, so let's share a slice and share some memories.
We all have lots of good memories of our characters, even from the beginning where they began their journey as heroes and ventured into their capital cities. Our heroes have come a long way since then, vanquishing foes both small and mighty, and testing their skills against each other. Whether it's banding together to fight massive world bosses or clashing with enemy forces in World vs. World, we've all had a great time playing together through the years. And we've all been the heroes Tyria needed thanks to our participation in the personal story with Destiny's Edge, and later with the other gang of NPCs in the living story. It's nice that the latter gang finally has a name: Dragon's Watch. Hopefully our future adventures with them will be just as memorable. But with Taimi around, things definitely get interesting, since she's such an adorable little troublemaker.
The defeat of Zhaitan seemed like an inevitability: the heroes slowly accumulated forces and resources, then used them to wear away the dragon's forces until we could corner and overwhelm it. Unfortunately, the fight against Mordremoth wasn't so easy. A lot of characters were lost: Belinda Delaqua, Eir Stegalkin, and even Trahearne at the very end were lost to the jungle dragon before the heroes were able to defeat it. Though Mordremoth is dead, his legacy is a wounded Tyria. It will be interesting to see what destruction the next Elder Dragon to rise will wreak, and what measures we'll have to take to defeat it. Defeating dragons leaves you with a heroic sense of accomplishment as chapters to the exciting story reach their apex.
There's that poor lion statue, destroyed again. That quaggan looks traumatized.
The lion statue and fountain in Lion's Arch was destroyed the first time by Mad King Thorn during the first Halloween event, though it was eventually rebuilt. Scarlet Briar destroyed it again when she attacked the city. Even though it was only destroyed twice, the lion fountain's destruction still became a running joke.
How the lion statue stands now, behind a wall lined with guns. Let's hope this lion statue sticks around for a while.
While looking through my screenshots, I realized that I probably spend more than half my time in-game running around in some kind of tonic form. From plush griffons, quaggans, cats, to almost everything! We even started doing jump puzzles in plush griffon form, back before quaggan tonic forms could jump, of course! It's a lot of fun to run around as something cute and friendly.
This is our guild triumphantly posing in front of the crystal of our guild hall just after we claimed it. It took us a couple tries to get our coordination down right to complete the events to claim the hall, but it sure felt good to finally win. Guilds have long needed a place of their own in the game, and with guild halls being a feature of Guild Wars 1, it was satisfying to see that feature finally make it to Guild Wars 2. Hopefully in the future more halls will become available!
Gotta love having fun in the Super Adventure Box! It's such a simple concept: an old-school platformer game, embedded in the main game. But that simplicity makes it a breath of fresh air after playing Guild Wars 2. It was such a good thing that they brought the Super Adventure Box back after they said it might return. The Box is full of bright, colorful areas and simple yet annoying enemies. Anyone else hate those ice-skating bananas? It's a lot of fun to play around in, and I hope they bring it back again soon. Especially since we need to finish the tribulation mode skins! Our characters probably died more times during the short times SAB was around compared to the several years of regular playing. Fortunately the super bee dogs are super adorable, so that helps make up for it!
Let's get to the recipe already!
The picture above is the recipe of what you'll need in order to make the Chocolate Raspberry Cake in game. You need to have a chef level of 375 and can be discovered in the discovery tab. You need to be level 75 to consume and will grant you +12% chill duration, +60 power, and +10% experience from kills.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease two 9 in circle pans.
- Chop the chocolate and cube the butter. This will help it to melt faster and more evenly. (You can also chop the chocolate used in the frosting recipe below now to save some time)
- On low heat, melt the chocolate and butter together in a pan until smooth, stirring frequently.
- Thoroughly blend in the vanilla.
- Add the buttermilk. Mix until homogeneous.
- Remove the pan from heat , still stirring occasionally.
- Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder on low speed.
- Slowly add the chocolate mixture until it is fully incorporated. You can increase the speed a bit as it becomes more liquid.
- Scrap the sides and bottom of the bowl every so often to make sure everything gets mixed in.
- Pour into the cake pans about 3/4 full each or to what looks even. Let sit a couple minutes then put in the oven and bake for about 30 -35 minutes.
- When done, set aside to cool completely.
- Cream together the butter and sugar, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Scrap down the sides and bottom of the bowl every so often and after each time you mix in a new ingredient.
- Melt the chocolate (without butter this time). Add vanilla and the buttermilk and stir thoroughly then allow to cool slightly.
- Add the chocolate mix starting on low speed and then increase to medium.
- Once blended, stop the mixer, and using a mesh strainer, scoop some of the raspberry compote and let the juices strain into the frosting mix. I was able to get about five tablespoons from mine.
- Mix on medium until slightly fluffy. If the frosting is too thin or watery, add more powdered sugar and if the frosting is too thick, add a little more buttermilk until the preferred consistency.
Once the cakes are completely cooled, take them out of their pans and onto plates. If they didn't come out as perfect circles, you can shape them so they'll sit more evenly together. I gently shave off small layers at a time until they sit nicely together. I also shave around the sides to reduce as much gap as I can. Then comes frosting the cake! Before stacking, frost the top of one cake generously. Then add the other cake on top. I just glob some frosting on the top layer cake and using a spatula, work my way around the cake and the sides. Adorn the cake with the raspberries you saved from earlier and enjoy!
We surprised ourselves with how little experimenting we did to pretty much make the perfect chocolate cake recipe. The cake is thick, almost like a pudding type cake, yet moist and rich. The hint of raspberry in the silky, sweet frosting is a nice compliment to this cake. It does take some time and effort in making this cake but we think it is definitely worth it. Enjoy!
The Iron Forgeman gives a thumbs up... to this cake!
August 24, 2016