Anyone who has watched ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ will remember the edible garden that the candy maker welcomes his guests into. That fantastic chocolate and candy world just got a bit closer to reality after it began raining chocolate in Switzerland recently.
A Day To Remember
The people of Olten, Switzerland, may have just had the best day of their lives. The chocolate factory for Lindt and Sprungli is in Olten, and following a ventilation duct malfunction, everyone in the town had a treat because it was raining chocolate.
A Delicious Mistake
Of course, the chocolate factory hadn’t intended to cover the town in chocolate, but this was a happy mistake. A defect in the factory’s cooling system meant that fragments of cocoa beans escaped into the air.
Then, thanks to high winds, those chocolate fragments were picked up by the storm and blown over the surrounding area. The confectionery company offered to pay for any damages, but it seems as though nobody in Olten is complaining.
Unusual Weather Patterns
The raining chocolate incident isn’t the only time in history that strange things have been falling from the sky. In 2012 there was a downpour of raw meat in Virginia, which was most likely explained by seagulls dropping their meals. A blocked waterspout caused it to rain golf balls in Florida in 1969.
Another, more disgusting, rain shower came in Florence, Oregon, in 1970. A whale carcass had washed up on the shore, and residents thought the best way to get rid of it was to blow it up using dynamite. That sent whale chunks flying through the air, with one so large it even damaged a car.
We’re sure the people of Olten already love the smell coming for their local chocolate factory. They had a bonus event after it began raining chocolate, turning the town into a real-life ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ story.
This Sweet, Zesty Lemon Poppyseed Cake Is a Delight
If you’re longing for summer to be back already and wish to stir up something fresh and light that won’t take up hours of your time, don’t fret – it is possible! All it takes is a couple of ingredients and an hour to have things mixed and baked, so you can have a moist, deliciously sweet and zesty lemon poppy seed cake. How to make it? Read on!
What You Will Need
For the Cake:
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup almond flour/meal
- 1 and ¼ cups all-purpose or white whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the Glaze:
- 1 blood orange
- 1 regular-sized lemon
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¾ cup powdered sugar (you may need more if the batter needs it)
How to Make the Lemon Cake
For the Cake:
- Line a 9×5 (or slightly bigger) inch bread pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Take a large bowl and mix the lemon zest and juice with the honey, eggs, vanilla, yogurt, and olive oil until you have a smooth and creamy base. Then, add the almond and regular flour along with the baking powder and salt. Put the poppy seeds in the end.
- Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes.
For the Glaze:
- Using a peeler, remove the remaining zest from the blood orange and the lemon.
- In a smaller bowl, mix the lemon juice and honey together. When the cake is baked, drizzle half of that glaze over the cake while it is still warm. Then, add the remaining ingredients of the glaze in the bowl and mix them well.
- Pour the glaze evenly over the cake and let it sit for 10 minutes before you slice the first piece. You can add other decorations as you see fit. Enjoy!