Happy Birthday

Anyone who knows me even a little knows that I LOVE birthdays. Given that food is such a big part of my life I try to share that with other people by making them things for their special day. This time around it was M’s mom. She loves coffee flavored desserts, this makes my life pretty easy as coffee is super simple to incorporate into dessert. I hadn’t decorated a cake just for fun in awhile so that’s what I decided to make for her, vanilla cake with coffee buttercream. 🙂

When I need an awesome, no fail, cake recipe I always turn to The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum, her cakes are so delicious and recipes easy to read and understand. I chose the All Occasion Downy Yellow Butter cake. Yes, that’s right butter cake, who could possibly turn that down? This isn’t a super light airy cake, it’s a slightly dense, full of buttery goodness, vanilla cake. Now for the frosting… I should add here that I am not a fan of frosting, it’s always too sweet, too grainy, too something… I have learned how to make a really simple butter cream that I like and everyone else always likes but it just seemed a little too simple for what I was trying to accomplish here. I wanted a rich frosting with a melt in your mouth texture that can only be accomplished by egg yolks and boiling sugar 🙂 Rose Beranbaum’s technique for Neo-classic buttercream makes the process really easy and allows for up for a 1/2 cup of liquid to be added!

I’ll spare you the rest of details as they aren’t all that interesting and just show you the finished product!

Cake

Cake

I’m really happy with how it turned out, M’s mom and the rest of his family ooo-ed and aahh-ed over it, which is always nice. I love making people smile with treats!

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