Because it seemed like a Nigella-ish (is that a word?) thing to do and inspired by Chabonnel & Walker's gorgeous violet creams I added a tiny amount of Violet Extract to the dark chocolate icing, I topped it off with some beautiful Lapis blue violets. You could probably do the same with Rose Extract which is more commonly available and I think it would work really well topped with edible rose petals perhaps gilded with a little gold leaf. Or maybe even lavender would work.
It was delicious served with a pot of Lapsang Souchong for a delectably different afternoon tea and equally so as dinner party dessert with a little creme fraiche and hot hot black coffee.
The recipe for Devil's Food Cake appears in Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home by Nigella Lawson or you can see it here
This post is part of the Forever Nigella blogging event. http://blog.maisoncupcake.com/forevernigella-2/
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