Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s hard to believe that we celebrated our youngest child’s birthday over the weekend. Yup my baby is 32 and you know there was cake. Knowing me as well as you do, you know that I couldn’t make just one dessert. I always ask my kids what kind of cake they want and most of the time I already know the answer. With Charisse it’s either going to be yellow cake with chocolate frosting or a variation of what she calls “Confused People Cake”, meaning a marble cake.
This time she went for Neapolitan. Her cake was three layers: chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Not a petite cake by any means. The base layer was chocolate and I applied a generous amount of chocolate mousse on top. Followed by strawberry that was topped with vanilla butter cream. The top layer was vanilla. I frosted the top and sides with vanilla butter cream and then drenched the top with chocolate ganache. The ganache flowed over the top of the cake and dripped easily down the sides. A small slice of this cake was almost a normal slice.
Last weekend I made a cake to feed 150 guests for the 88th birthday of a very prominent pastor in our community. I had tons of cake toppings in the freezer from that one and used them to make cake truffles from them for Charisse. The buttons on our pants were already about to pop from dinner before we got to the sweet stuff. We had oven barbecued country style pork ribs, jambalaya, cornbread and raspberry lemonade.
We’re still full.
I used boxed mixes for the cake and the mousse but jazzed them up a bit. For the chocolate cake I added 1 tsp espresso powder and 1 TBS dark chocolate cocoa in addition to the required ingredients. 2 TBS Strawberry daiquiri mix and 1 tsp vanilla was added to the strawberry mix and 2 TBS French Vanilla coffee creamer to the vanilla cake.
The next family birthday coming up is in September for our resident Princess Gabbi. She’s asked for a Monster High cake and gumbo. What a combination!!! I share the recipe for the Raspberry Lemonade later this week.
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