The Boy’s birthday was this week. Since it was a weekday, we didn’t have a big celebration but to make his day a little bit special I wanted to bake him a birthday cake. (Last year I made him individual chocolate lava cakes that were a big hit.) I have to say, researching cake recipes is so enjoyable, except for the constant cake cravings. In the end, I narrowed it down to these four amazing recipes:
1) Yellow layer cake from Smitten Kitchen
To me, this is the quintessential birthday cake. It’s such a glorious reminder of birthday parties from my childhood and I still think it’s delicious. I also thought the sprinkled confetti on top make it look stunning and just so happy! For this cake, I quite liked the idea of this Instant Fudge Frosting.
2) Flourless chocolate cake by Sophie Dahl
A friend who cannot have gluten always has a cake like this one for her birthday and it is so very good. I think this is the ultimate cake for chocolate lovers, i.e. me. However, because it lacks flour, this is not cake that stands tall and proud so I was a bit unsure about it.
3) Torta alla Gianduia by Nigella Lawson
This is from How to be a Domestic Goddess which has the most glorious chocolate recipes. It’s basically a Nutella cake. I feel that no further explanation is needed.
4) Strawberry milkshake cake by The Hummingbird Bakery
This is a recipe for cupcakes from Home Sweet Home that Laura was kind enough to sent to me. She guaranteed they are delicious and I was confident the recipe could easily be adapted to make a great cake too. The fact that it uses strawberry Nesquik has the sweetest childhood associations too.
When presented with these options, it took all of a second for The Boy to say he wanted the flourless chocolate cake. It was wonderful, basically like gooey chocolate heaven and we each had more than one portion. It has an almost mousse-like texture but it also feels a bit like a brownie. I think the cream and summer fruit on top make it look quite pretty as well.
Do you have any favourite cake recipes that are always a hit on birthdays? Up until a year and a half ago, I had never baked a cake so I’m looking to expand my repertoire.