I wholly admit that I can be a snob about cakes. I think everyone deserves a homemade birthday cake. Not from a box and not from a store. Unfortunately within my family, pretty much everyone’s birthday has a claimed cake maker. My sister is the baking expert in the family, so she’ll usually bake for my mom’s birthday. Then my mom will bake for my step dad’s birthday. Sam’s mom bakes one for his birthday. And so on and so forth. The cakes are ALL delicious, but it means that I don’t get to make birthday cakes very often.
Luckily, I have Shannon! She is more than happy to have me bake her a cake anytime, especially on her birthday. This year I sent her a few links to cake recipes I hadn’t tried before, but I knew this would be the winner even before she sent back her choice.
The recipe is from Smitten Kitchen and it was honestly one of the better “fancy” cakes I have ever made. I usually make cakes pretty quick and don’t wait long enough for the cake to cool before frosting, so presentation is usually lacking even when the taste is delicious. I’m trying to do better in that regard, so I ended up doing a crumb coat on the three layers and letting it cool in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then I frosted the rest of the cake and it frosted up wonderfully! I was able to get the smoothest frost that I’ve every done. I was really proud of it, but then I just covered it with a chocolate glaze, so it ended up not mattering!
I really recommend this recipe and all of it’s components. The cake was extremely moist and not too rich. The frosting had a really great peanut butter flavor. And the glaze also came out really well. You could use one or all of the components to make a cake yourself, depending on how ambitious you are. Each component was fairly easy to make though, but it just took some time to put it all together. The end result was really rich, so definitely drink a glass of milk with it!
Happy Birthday Shannon! Thanks for letting me bake for you! I’m glad we were able to find a concoction that melded chocolate and peanut butter, thus satisfying all of your wildest cake dreams!