I have been thinking about this off and on all day. Chocolate just doesn’t feel like Spring to me; I always think of lemon or other fruits. Especially some moist white or yellow cake with lemon curd. Does she want chocolate cake? Maybe an orange cake with chocolate filling AND orange curd?... Chocolate and mint is nice, but doesn’t seem that springy. Oooo I like MarkMc’s coconut cake with lime. But, there isn’t chocolate in that.
Oh OH!!! I don’t know if you can get mangos where you live, but you can make lovely mousse and creamy desserts with them. They are just starting to come out here in Bangalore. Make a filled cake or bombe. The filling to be mango mousse or sorbet, the cake layer coconut, glaze the cake with some lime syrup (use those little Mexican limes) and drizzle bittersweet runny chocolate on top.
Lime, coconut, and mango desserts are just wonderful.
I know, I know…. chocolate and Spring don’t really go together (hence the quandary). I talked to the grandmother-to-be again yesterday… we decided the chocolate component can be the filling (whipped ganache probably), and the cake will be white or yellow. That leaves me with which buttercream to make… plain mousseline, rasp. mousseline, or strawberry mousseline… I suppose I should call the mother-to-be and ask for her input - after all, she’s the guest of honor.
Sigh… I guess I’ll have to talk to the young mother-to-be and see if I can get further direction from her personally.