I originally posted this recipe after helping my daughter Lauren make this cake for a dessert contest for employees of Neiman Marcus in Denver when she worked there in 2009. I had noticed the recipe in the April issue of Bon Appetit but knew I would have to make some revisions as it was a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and I’m not particularly fond of all chocolate anything, either in looks or taste. I modified the frosting to create a white chocolate version that I thought would be stunning with the addition of fresh fruit. For that event, Lauren made the cake and frosting herself, I simply assisted with the piping to finish it. I’ve made it myself since as cupcakes for a Chamber of Commerce event I hosted (oops, no photos!) and a fundraiser/cocktail party for Susan G. Komen when I took the photos for this post; there was a reason for so much pink! (2013 update; who could have imagined that Lauren would be diagnosed with breast cancer this year – thankfully has undergone treatment and is now considered cancer free!).
I have to share that it was special for Lauren to ask for my assistance. she had recently graduated from college; was in the midst of discovering real independence and determined to do everything on her own so having her ask for my help was huge and hearing her say, “Oh, I am so going to win.” was a nice compliment from her. Couldn’t guarantee that, but nice to hear anyhow!
I’ve made every birthday cake my girls have ever had. I’ve done gumdrop machines and ballerinas; watermelons and music notes, homemade German Chocolate cake and more… but I loved making this cake the best with that little girl I made those for. Discovering those commonalities is such a treasure as they discover who they are as individuals.
The cake is very good; moist and flavorful but I have to tell you… the frosting? In lexicon that might be overused but sometimes is just true…To. Die. For!
There is a continuing story since that first post and I think a fun one of how much Twitter can change your life. Come on…stop chuckling and read on. Please?
I made a Peppermint Meringue cake for Christmas year before last. I had noticed in the issue of Bon Appetit magazine that the recipe was from Abby Dodge. So I did a search, found her website and sent her a message telling her how much I loved it. I never expected to hear from her but I did and she was so sweet; even giving me some tips for ways to switch it up for other than a holiday cake. We ended up finding ourselves on Twitter and turns out…guess who also wrote this recipe for Bon Appetit? If you didn’t guess Abby Dodge; shame on you!!
Since then, I’ve become friends with Abby; she is warm, funny and approachable and makes me laugh. A lot. I did this post for Nutella Brownies from her new book Desserts 4 Today and talk about full circle…in my professional role as a web developer, I just recently completed her new website at www.abbydodge.com.
This is a holiday worthy recipe; it’s beautiful, festive, decadently good…from Easter to Christmas, it works for me!