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Birthday and Chocolate Cake


Friday was my 42nd birthday.  Why are the years coming so much faster now when I want to just slow down time?

That being said, my family forgot it was my birthday.   Yes, you heard me correctly.  My. Family. Forgot. It. Was. My. Birthday. 

They did remember when dinner came and after it was over I pulled that chocolate cake out and placed it on the table.  Everyone kind of looked at me oddly when my daughter ran through the kitchen shouting about how we needed candles for the cake. 

I saw the significance of the cake dawn across my husbands face, and in all honesty, I felt bad for him. 

My daughter was the only who knew it was my birthday, because she helped me bake the cake after the boys went off to school and my husband went off to work. 

My husband apologized profusely.  And I really wasn’t mad.  We’ve had a lot going on around here lately, and adding to that my son’s friends mother who died last week.  Being 15 and losing your mother is incomprehensible to me.   So truth be told, forgetting the day of a birth over mourning the end of a life takes priority in my book.

After dinner was over, and my husband apologized again, I told him not to worry about it. 

Then I added:  “It’s, okay.  Really.  Besides, you are going to drop your son off at his friends, then come home and get the other two bathed and ready for bed, read a few stories to your daughter and get them asleep.  While you are doing that, I’ll be at Barnes and Noble, enjoying my coffee, and picking up a few books I’ve wanted to dive into.  Then after that, I’m going to sit int their café, start reading one of the books, sip at my coffee and enjoy my peace.”

I ended that statement with a kiss on his cheek and a little loving tap to it with my hand. 

After devouring a piece of that chocolate cake, that’s exactly what I did.  And enjoyed my alone time immensely.  The coffee wasn’t bad either.

Now, about the cake. 

I saw this cake on Tasty Kitchen and knew immediately I had to save it to my recipe box and make it as soon as possible. 

I’m a chocolate addict, so there was no doubt in my mind this was going to be my birthday cake this year.

The creator of this recipe is Jen from the blog, The Misadventures of Mrs. B .  She has a really cute blog and I’ve begun checking it often.  Check out her recipe for this cake Chocolate Pudding Cake with Truffle Frosting and she will walk you step by step through the recipe.  Your mouth will be watering for a chocolate indulgence by the time you are through, I promise!

This cake is a chocolate lovers dream.  And it’s versatile, depending on the type of chocolate lover you are.  Dark, semi sweet, milk chocolate, you make the call.  I used semi sweet chocolate for the frosting and it was truly rich and delicious.  But milk chocolate would have been just as great. 

It was dense, moist and creamy.  And there is not a piece left.  Happy Birthday to me!

Chocolate Pudding Cake with Truffle Frosting:

Recipe from Tasty Kitchen posted by Jen of The Misadventures of Mrs. B

  • Butter, To Grease Cake Pans
  • Cocoa Powder Or Sugar, To Dust Cake Pans
  • 1 box (18 To 20 Oz. Box) Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 box Instant Chocolate Pudding (5.9 Oz)
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 4 whole Eggs Beaten
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • ½ cups Warm Water
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • ¼ cups Light Corn Syrup
  • 8 ounces, weight Semisweet Chocolate, Chopped Or Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare two 9-inch cake pans with butter and cocoa powder (or flour, if you have no cocoa).

Combine cake mix, pudding, sour cream, eggs, oil and warm water in a large bowl. Stir until combined, then beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.

The batter is THICK! Divide between your two pans and spread/shake pans to distribute batter evenly. Bake for 33 minutes in your preheated oven and allow to cool thoroughly.

While you’re baking your cake, start your frosting! Combine cream and corn syrup in a medium saucepan and heat until barely simmering. Turn heat to low and add the chocolate, whisking until totally melted and smooth. Transfer chocolate mixture to a large bowl and place in the fridge or freezer until cold.

When the cake is totally cooled and chocolate is very cold, whip the chocolate cream until stiff. Frost cake and ENJOY!

6 responses to “Birthday and Chocolate Cake

  1. Tes May 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Happy birthday! The cake looks so good.

  2. Julie ~ jbulie's blog May 25, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Happy birthday Pam! Beautiful perfect probably delicious chocolate cake.

    I like the reward system. I. love. the. reward. system. ~ to take a writing idea from you. Thx!

    I also love your special treat for your birthday. I too did similar in that I ordered a bunch of summer reading books on line. Yay! Love our books, don’t we?

    Well done on keeping up the blog too. Hope 42 is the best one ever.


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    I mean like this cake was reallllllllllllllllllllllly good to eat

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