Two of my friends have birthdays within a week of each other. They are roommates, and I used to work with one of them at the hog barn. A couple months ago, I decided to ask them what kind of birthday cake they wanted, and I would make it for them. They never did decide, so I just picked one. I couldn’t find one online that was exactly what I was looking for, so I combined elements from a couple of places and made what I wanted. This afternoon, I made the cake using my lovely new mixer. I do not know how I survived without it. It makes baking so much less time consuming, because you can turn the mixer on and beat the icing for 5 minutes, while preparing other things, instead of standing there holding the hand mixer. So nice.
Anyway, I brought it to them tonight, braving the muddy roads that I used to drive everyday. It seemed to be a good choice of flavours. I used Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake which happens to be an excellent chocolate cake. I made three layers, but they were quite thin, and I probably could have gotten by only making two. Ah, well. More room for the tasty mocha filling that I got from one of my cookbooks. Then I frosted it with my current favourite chocolate icing. I made my first attempt at piping around the bottom. Pretty good for a first try, I thought. Funny story: One of the layers broke when I was assembling the cake, so I used a toothpick to hold it together until I got the icing on. But I forgot to take it out, and even with some gentle poking I couldn’t find it. We found it though, when cutting the cake, so no one ended up with toothpicks in their throat.