What a sad story this is! This poor cake just didn't want to be eaten.
I've made this Cappuccino cake a fair few times now, including a couple of birthdays last year, and it's never let me down. It's simple to make and with the decoration being quite plain, it always looks OK too. Unfortunately, this time I really struggled to find people to take it off my hands!
One of my friends had commented on a picture of it on Facebook a while ago saying how much she liked the look of it, so I decided to bake it for her when she came over for a tea a few weeks ago. I was just putting the finishing touches to it the night before (literally sprinkling the cocoa powder over it!) when she texted me to cancel. At the time we were slightly selfishly relieved because it meant we could greedily cut into it straight away and fill our faces.
The next day Mike took a few slices into work for his colleagues... but one of them had phoned in sick. He tried to palm the last slice off on to someone from another office, but he was on a diet. He did end up taking it, but when he brought the box back the next day he said he'd given his slice to someone else. Then another friend came over the next day and I offered her a slice... after a bit of cajoling she did eat it, but picked out all the nuts! Sadly, a few days later, I had to sling the last few slices into the bin as they were starting to go mouldy.
So I felt quite sorry for this cake - I've never had to throw any of it away before! This has always been the cake that's never let me down, that fits so many occasions, that's always come out perfect and been enjoyed by everyone. The saddest thing about this story is that I've actually since tried a similar recipe (blog post coming soon!) which will probably replace this one as my failsafe cake recipe, so I'm sorry little Cappuccino cake, but I think this is the last time we'll see you!
Thanks to Mike for the photos in this post!