"NO MORE COSTCO BIRTHDAY CAKES!" Just imagine Faye Dunaway saying that in her best Joan Crawford voice, and you'll know how much disdain I have for grocery store or 'big box' store cakes!
I really can't say "no more" Costco cakes, though, since I have NEVER allowed such abominations into our house! I always make my own cakes for special occasions. (If, for any reason, I can't make the cake myself, then there just isn't any cake!)
This year, like many years before, I made my own birthday cake.
So, what did I want this year?
A Valrhona cocoa cake with a thin filling of brown sugar buttercream, whipped ganache frosting and toffee peanuts:
Happy Birthday to who? TO ME! Damnit!
Making my own birthday cake took the sting out of this year's less-than-fun birthday. It's amazing how much a yummy chocolate cake can help temper my stock-market- and stepkid-anxiety.
At least until it's all gone...