I made a birthday cake.
I figured if I was going to get back into the baking process, I might as well go big. And what is bigger than a birthday cake? Well a wedding cake, but my baking prowess only goes so far.
My friend Linda was turning 28 and I didn't know what to get her, so I made her this:
It was a Chocolate Chocolate Cake, and I got the recipe at my favorite blog. The only modifications were reducing the amount of sugar needed from 3 cups (yes, 3 cups) to 2 1/2 cups and using different chocolate from what was suggested in the recipe. By different chocolate, I mean brand. It was a half and half mixture of generic semi-sweet chocolate and artisanal chocolate.
I also frosted and filled the cake entirely with ganache, which made it into a chocolate explosion - a very, very good thing.
Next cake - something with lemon.