Happiness is a chocolate cake ~ (or just loads of good frosting)
Getting Dreamy for my son's birthday. Hitting the double digits and never looking back. Happy day to my one and only boy! 10 years old and loving it!
Most of the time my cakes are made so the person receiving the cake can eat it on their special day. That's what a birthday cake is... right? Not so with this cake. I have not been feeling well for the past week, hence no posts. I have been resting and taking it easy. I finally felt well enough to make my son's cake, albeit five days late. As the saying goes, better late than never!
This cake made me happy, made him happy, it made all of us happy. Who wouldn't be overjoyed to see a large chocolate cake decorated with thousands of brightly colored nonpareils? Sometimes, simple is better.
But this post is really about my son and chocolate frosting. I could care less about what hides underneath the chocolate deliciousness. It was the frosting that made us all happy. (And the little colored crunches.) Kind of makes you feel like you are eating confetti in candy form.
1) Is hilarious.
2) Has a BIG heart!
3) Loves his family.
4) Is kind to others, especially little ones.
5) Eats most anything I cook.... and raves about it.
The photo on the left sums it all up! Toothy ten year old grin, full of life, and happy that his mother finally made him a cake. I spent all morning long making it and he didn't even notice the finished cake until 1:00. He finally slowed down enough to see the giant number "10" staring back at him from the chocolate frosting."For me?" he asked. Yes, "For you."
My son was a chocolate lover from the very beginning. He was past his due date, I was getting quite large and uncomfortable, yet the midwife asked me to hold on. 'He will come when he is ready' was her mantra. One day, after a long labor inducing type walk, I made myself a treat that I had read could help bring on labor. I brought out my molinillo and made myself a bitter sweet chocolate brew made with fresh chilies, cocoa poweder, water and a bit of sugar. Wa! Did I ever go into labor~ That night, (or early morning) of October 4th, 2001, Deva Sun, was born. Happiness is a new baby boy! Thank you Deva for choosing me as your mama!
|little man with his big sis.|
Best Chocolate Frosting - for your favorite cake ~ adapted from America's Test Kitchen
enough for a two layer cake.
20 TBS unsalted organic butter, softened, room temp.
1 cup confectioners sugar
3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa - Valrhona preferred
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz. milk chocolate, melted and cooled to around 85 degrees. - important step, do not add the hot melted chocolate to your frosting, you will ruin it.
In a food processor with the blade attachment process the butter, sugar, cocoa until nice and smooth. Add corn syrup and vanilla and process again. Scrape the sides as needed. Pulse until you have a smooth, delicious and creamy frosting. Taste along the way. Use immediately for best results. I have never stored this, even though you probably can. Just pull out of the refrigerator a good hour before you will be using it.
Confetti Kisses and Chocolate Hugs! xoxo megan