This month's We Should Cocoa is hosted by Choclette from the Chocolate Log Blog who has challenged us to celebrate We Should Cocoa's birthday with a chocolate showstopper of a cake. Last month's chocolate sweets round up can be found on Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary's blog which you can find right here. We Should Cocoa is the brainchild of Choclette and Chele. You can find out more about it on their blogs.
September is the most birthday abundant month in our family. It was extra special this year as my mum turned 60. I'm not going to gush (because I know it's embarrassing) but she is amazing.
We had a family meal. We laughed. We ate cake.
This cake is a hybrid of two of my favourite birthday cake recipes. The centre is two layers of the Jackie, Oh! Cake from Gesine Bullock Prado's Sugar Baby and the middle layer is a layer from The Magnolia Bakery's plain vanilla birthday cake. Simple buttercream filling. Crushed oreos around the sides. Cocoa dusted stencilling for the top. Bit of piping.
It didn't need to be a fondant monolith of bows and flowers. Simple awesomeness. Just like my mum.