I love when birthdays are coming up in my family because, you guessed it, I get to make a cake. Unfortunately, this is the third year in a row that I won’t be with my dad on his birthday because I went back to school early again, but I still made him a cake. I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, knowing that he would of course say something that had to do with chocolate, and he asked for a mocha chocolate cake. So, that’s what I gave him. Happy birthday dad!
Happy birthday to me! You guessed it, this is my birthday cake that I made for my birthday, which is today! I was born 20 years ago on this day. And if you’re one of the many people who are going to ask if I feel older, the answer is no. I feel a day older, sure, but not a year. I’ve always found it to be an odd question. Does anyone ever confidently answer yes to that?
This cake is epic. I mean epic. I love making cakes for several reasons. One, the decorating, of course. I’m definitely not a pro decorator here, but I love decorating, so I stick with it. I think it’s fun and there’s always new things to try out, so it’s a fun process. The other reason I like making cakes is because they take more time and effort, which I know sounds paradoxical, but it actually makes sense. I have a passion for baking, so naturally I actually love making things that I get to be in the process of baking longer. Plus, the final result in this case was impressive and absolutely delicious.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Still hoping to make something for your valentine? What’s better to make than a homemade, delicious cheesecake topped with red strawberry sauce. It’s got the classic red color in there and it’s gourmet and very romantic. Or you can make it for one and still have a lovely Valentine’s Day.
Man oh man guys, this cake. I saw it on Pinterest and flagged it in my “recipes to make” folder, and then went back and forth to myself. My family members probably won’t eat it, it’ll be a lot of work, I’m not sure if my idea of using cookies will even work. But then I made it, and it turned out pretty darn awesome. Here’s what this cake is in a nutshell: fudgy chocolate cake with rich chocolate buttercream frosting, then decorated with snowmen made from pecan snowball cookies and dusted with powdered sugar. Bam.
How was your Thanksgiving? Was it just splendid? Mine was. There were pigs in a blanket, lots of turkey and gravy, and yummy apple pie homemade by me and my cousin. It was great. Plus, I got a whole 9 days off from school, which was dreamy. I love school and I love my friends at school, but it’s also nice to be home and see family and not do work for a little while.
I made this cake for my dad’s birthday, but a little early since I’m already at school on his birthday. My dad loves chocolate and he loves cherries. It’s practically a tradition now for me to get him Queen Anne’s (chocolate-covered cherries) for Christmas every year. So, this cake was a no-brainer. It’s made of three chocolate cake layers brushed with cherry syrup, then filled with whipped cream and cherries, then frosted with whipped cream on top and around all the sides, and finally decorated with semisweet chocolate curls.
Father’s Day was recently, and once I realized it was so soon, the first thought that came to my mind is, what should I make for my dad. So, I was frank with him and asked him.
“Do you want me to make you anything special for this Sunday?”
Yesterday was my birthday! What did I do for my birthday, you might ask? Made myself a cake, of course. Some people think that’s weird or lame, to make myself my own birthday cake, but I think it’s freaking awesome no matter what people tell me. Plus, I love making my own birthday cake because I can make it as crazy and epic as I want to and no one can tell me it’s over the top because it’s to satisfy me, not them. So what cake did I make? A crazy and over-the-top cake.
The title of this post is “easy chocolate cake with chocolate ganache.” I know, you can all read, but what I really am trying to emphasize is the easy aspect of this recipe. When I say easy, I mean a chocolate cake baked in a 9×9-inch pan (no layering) and chocolate ganache that uses two simple ingredients and just a microwave. That is about as easy as cake gets, fellas.