These little tubs of flourless chocolate cake have become my latest pantry staple. They are intensely dark and dense, more like fudge than cake. A small pot is enough for two people to share.
Fermentation Farm is a health food store turned restaurant in Costa Mesa where fanatics go for kombucha fixes. I don’t like kombucha, but I love these cupcakes. The restaurant serves them for dessert, and they also stock the same jars in the refrigerated case for about half the price. They are fundamentally infallible. Store them in the fridge (for up to several weeks) and whenever the chocolate craving strikes, put one of these jars in the oven for 30 minutes.
They are very dark, so it is difficult to eat them without cream. At the restaurant, they serve a vanilla bean whipped cream sweetened with coconut sugar, which is delicious. At home, you will have to make some yourself, which is easily done while the cake is baking. I don’t stock my pantry with coconut sugar, but I almost always have vanilla beans and powdered sugar on hand.
I had walked past this cafe a million times before finally stopping by recently. Before, I thought of Victoria Street as a shortcut. But now it has become a pit stop.
Where: 1125 Victoria Street, Costa Mesa
When: Breakfast/Lunch, Saturday-Monday; breakfast/lunch/dinner, Tuesday to Friday
Cost: $6 retail; $11 on site
On line: fermfarm.com