Back in December, my niece was not the only one with a birthday. Actually, we have lots of December birthdays in the family, but my only other birthday cake was for my father-in-law. This is what the beginning of December looked like at the end of one night of baking. Cakes for days…..
Those white cakes were for my father-in-law. He is a white cake with chocolate buttercream kind of guy. I love this combination because when you cut into the cake, the crisp lines of white cake sandwiched between layers of chocolate buttercream is really pretty. I should have taken a picture of it cut, but once again, I failed.
This cake was fairly easy to throw together. I make this chocolate buttercream using my usual buttercream recipe however, when I add the milk and vanilla, I add about a half to 3/4 of a cup of cocoa powder. Once mixed in, I complete the rest of the recipe. At the end, I adjust the consistency with some milk as the chocolate really thickens up the mixture.
For the top, I had some left over chocolate from making homemade thin mints that I didn’t want to throw away. I spread the extra chocolate on a piece of parchment paper and let dry. Once it was set up, I cut “shards” of chocolate and stuck them in the cake. It was a simple design that adds a little wow factor.
This cake was only assembled for approximately 2 hours before we devoured it. Enough time for people to arrive at the house, eat dinner, and have the kids sing Happy Birthday to their grandpa!