Wednesday, December 21, 2011

~ Happy Birthday Cake ~

 Yesterday was my son-in-law's birthday. My daughter had a gathering for him last night and this is the cake I made.  I tried Ina Garten's Chocolate Cake ~ to die for!  Honestly, I love her and this cake. It has butter, buttermilk, sour cream and coffee in it ~ so, besides the chocolate, it has to be good, right? 

Chocolate Cake
adapted from Ina Garten

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, shaken, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
2 tablespoons brewed coffee
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup good cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your cake pans.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and 2 sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Lower the speed to medium, add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and coffee. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. On low speed, add the buttermilk mixture and the flour mixture alternately in thirds to the mixer bowl, beginning with the buttermilk mixture and ending with the flour mixture. Mix only until blended. Fold the batter with a rubber spatula to be sure it’s completely blended. Divide your batter between your cake pans – use any extra to make some cupcakes. I used 6″ round pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool for 10-15 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.  I sliced each cake layer into 2 layers and, while warm, brushed Kahlua over them. Yum!
I used a regular cream cheese frosting and surrounded the frosted cake with Piroutte cookies that were filled with Hazelnut.  Decadent!  ;-)
And of course, I took some red wine...his favorite.

Cake with a few candles on it ~  Yes, he turned the big 5-0.  :-)  My daughter added some small candles just for fun.

 I'll be joining ~


  1. Miss Pat, first: this cake is gorgeous, and as Ina herself would say, "How bad could that be?!" Second, no way you have an SIL that is the big 5-0, you look too young! Merry Christmas to you and all the best for 2012. xo

  2. that is one beautiful cake you made and it sounds wonderful! So nice of you to do that. Have a warm and wonderful Merry Christmas Pat! :D

  3. Ohmygoodness, Pat, this looks absolutely amazing! What a lucky birthday boy!

    And, thank you for your sweet words about my whimsical Christmas kitchen!

    I hope you're enjoying a wonderful holiday season!

  4. CHRISTmas Blessings from my home to yours dear Pat..Hugs and love Gl♥ria

  5. Bee Yoo Tee Ful. I have made this cake and it is my favorite chocolate cake recipe - I adore Ina. Must have had a very happy son in law!

  6. Pat, that is one gorgeous cake! I love how you've decorated it. I know it tasted amazing. Your SIL is one lucky man! Merry Christmas, sweet friend!

  7. Pat, That cake looks so yummy! I love Ina's recipes I have all her cookbooks. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season, Laura

  8. Oh my goodness Pat, I cannot believe how beautiful this cake is!!?? GIRL, come live with me??? Please! OK, I will not beg.... but I may stalk! LOL! Wow, I hope he realizes how lucky he is to be in your presence, I mean, family!! giggle! MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I know there are great things for you in the new year! Hugs my friend.

  9. This cake looks almost too good to eat, Pat! Talk about presentation! :) Merry Christmas, sweet lady!

  10. Ohh Pat,your son-in-law must be such a lucky man to have this gorgeous cake baked for him on his birthday!This is a beautiful cake and I would just keep this and never cut it,coz it really looks so beautiful!This is my first time on at your place and hopped over from Miz Helen's place - really nice knowing you and am following your lovely blog from now on:)Do take a peek into mine sometime!

  11. Pat- What a beautiful cake..and I'll bet he felt like he was something very special when you made that for him. God bless you and Merry Christmas- xo Diana

  12. I decorated my daughter's birthday cake the same way! I broke the cookies a bit so they were uneven and then I made the icing inside blue, put ducks in and there it was.... ducks swimming in a bucket of water. hehe It was a big hit.

  13. Hello Miss Pat! What an awesome birthday cake that is for your sil! Hard to believe you have a sil that age, really? You look awesome too. AND no not a good time to be having blood work. The first round of glucose and BP weight and all that jazz was good, it's the cholesterol I am worried about YIKES..NEW year new us right? Merry Christmas my dear friend. Oh and did I mention you have been a blessing to me? Sweet Cindy from whimsical musings started the chain, and I wanted to tell you that. XO

  14. Beautiful cake, and it sounds delish, too. Merry Christmas Pat!

  15. Hi Pat,
    This is a beautiful birthday cake, he is so lucky! It really does look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. We are wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  16. Oh my gosh, Pat, this is totally gorgeous!!! I love this cake and I hope he had a fabulous birthday!!! AND wow, how on earth do you have a SIL who turned 50? You look way too young! You go girl!!!

    Merry Christmas!!!

  17. WOW Pat! That is some gorgeous looking cake!!!

    YUM your a sweet MIL to make your SIL a cake.


  18. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous cake at Potpourri Friday! Have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful Holiday Season!

  19. What a BEAUTIFUL cake! Your picture on Foodie Friday just drew me here. So glad I came. It looks and sounds simply delicous. This is one I must try. Merry Christmas!


  20. Wow that cake looks and sound delicious! Love your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine today! I am now following you.


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