TSB FOOD : Chocolate Suicide Cake And Harakiri Shot

seppuku cake


By: Linggus Khan

Ed: Linggus Khan is our new food editor. She formerly worked in the tyre department at Michelin. So if she said a food tasted like burnt rubber, she meant it.

Stressed out because you were late for work or late from work because the inevitable happened? No. Hush you. I am not talking about the MRT. I am not a political animal. I am just an animal when it comes to food and….err nvm.

I am of course talking about the rain…

Anyway, what better way to ease the stress than to binge on Chocolate Suicide Cake and to wash it all down with Harakiri Shot? :


Yield:12 servings

1 box devil’s food cake mix

Eggs, water and oil as directed on box

1 pound semisweet chocolate cut in small pieces, Ghirardelli “hunks” preferred (Trader Joe’s) but standard semisweet chocolate chips will work

1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream

4 Tablespoons butter


  1. Prepare cake mix as directed on box. Bake in any pan as directed. Cool cake completely.
  2. Line bottom of 9-inch round springform pan with a circle of waxed paper.
  3. In large microwave safe bowl, heat cream and butter until mixture begins to boil. Immediately add chocolate, let it sit a minute or two then stir until chocolate is melted. You may need to rewarm in microwave for a few seconds. Let cool slightly.

4.Cut cake into small (about 1/2-inch) cubes and place in large bowl. Pour about half of ganache (the chocolate mixture) over cake and mix well until it looks like thick mud. Scrape mixture into prepared springform pan and place in freezer for about an hour. The remaining ganache can rest on countertop.

  1. To unmold cake, turn upside down on serving plate. Remove waxed paper. Immediately pour remaining ganache over cake, spreading it smooth. The ganache will adhere to sides of cold cake. Store in refrigerator until serving time, cover and refrigerate any leftovers. Cake can be stored up to one week in refrigerator.


You can serve it any way you like. But to immerse yourself with the name, you can do it like the Japanese.

Brief background: Among the many kinds of tasty sweets indigenous to Japan, you’ll find the seppuku monaka made by Shinshodo, a confectionary shop established more than 100 years ago. However, when you need to say “I’m sorry,” the seppuku monaka are really the best choice. For those of you who are looking for pointers on how to beg for forgiveness Japanese-style, we’ve put together this illustrated guide featuring Mr. Sato apologizing for a recent work-related blunder.

▼ Step one: Get down on your knees


▼ Step two: Prostrate yourself


▼ Make sure to keep your face pressed into the floor, and your peace offering raised towards the target of your apology.


▼ Step three: Confirm the sincerity of your regret by silently bearing the shame as your counterpart steps on your head and relieves you of the seppuku monaka.




And to wash all that down, here’s the recipe for Hara-kiri Shot:

2 cl ouzo anise liqueur

2 cl Tabasco® sauce

Mix the ingredients in a shot glass and serve with a pint of beer on the side.

harakiri shot



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