In my family, each one of us were allowed to choose the cake we wanted Mom to make for our birthdays. Mine was angel food. Mom was creative and did things like ice a Barbie Doll in the middle, or put a vase in the center and fill it with lilacs. In this photo the cake is chocolate, so I guess I hadn’t been asked what I would prefer… I am blowing the candles out and my cousin is distracted by the camera!
When Peter joined the family, I asked him what cake I should bake for him and he replied “chocolate and chocolate”. We had a good Hershey’s cake recipe and I don’t remember what I used for the icing. And then, in 1980 my mother gave me a call. In the March issue of McCall’s, there were a number of chocolate cake recipes that all sounded so good. After checking them out I asked Peter, “If one were having a birthday in a few weeks, would one be interested in having a chocolate and creme-de-menthe cake?”. He thought about it and said yes, that sounded good. And so I started making The Amazing Cake which is on the bottom left of the original article. It is 3 layers of a dark chocolate cake with with green creme-de-menthe flavored icing in between and then a delicious chocolate frosting on the top. (I have also made the Chocolate Sundae cake on the bottom right. It is very wonderful as well but you need a crowd to eat it because the whipped cream filling doesn’t hold long.)
For the last few years I have been making the same recipe but as filled cupcakes. For me, the icing lover that I am, every bite delivers the right proportion of cake, filling and icing. And Peter loves them too. ;-D
One of the benefits of blogging is that you find all sorts of new friends. Kerry collects and sells textiles and creates all sorts of textiles herself and she makes candy and sweets! When I saw her Dark Chocolate Mint Cookie Cream Bark Bars I knew that Peter would love them for his birthday. Don’t they look delicious? We have really been enjoying them.
P.S. Leave a comment if you would like to have a copy of the amazingly delicious Creme-de-Menthe Cake recipe…