Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Birthday cake instead of cookies!

It was my birthday on Saturday and I turned the big 3-0. Being somewhat contrary I am actually excited about entering my 30s and can't wait to see what they bring! I also share my birthday with my husband which makes it a pretty special day :-)

As a result of overindulging all weekend though I decided to sit out TWD this time around. There's only so much sugar, butter and chocolate a girl can take. First there were the mountains of profiteroles with leftover chocolate pastry cream and sauce. Then for our birthday we made the mother of all cakes ... Dorie's Cocoa Buttermilk Birthday Cake!

I know it's a bit sad making your own birthday cake but this was totally worth it and was surprisingly little effort for a big result. I'm also pretty fussy and would never want a mass produced, artificially flavoured cake, particularly for such a special occasion.

This cake was so impressive but a lot bigger than I expected. I couldn't actually get the lid on the cake container so it ended up in the fridge naked (so to speak).

The cake was rich, chocolatey and almost fudgy while still being perfectly cooked and somehow light at the same time. I love yoghurt in cakes and the buttermilk gives the same effect. The chocolate malt buttercream came together easily and was absolutely divine. I could eat it with a spoon! And did in fact as we had a bit left over. We topped it with a swirl of malteasers which was the perfect accompaniment.

I am leaving for a week in Sydney on Sunday but am looking forward to making next week's recipe, Chocolate Whopper Malted Drops, ahead of time and eating them on the plane!


  1. Happy Birthday! The cake looks awesome and I would have skipped the cookies, too!

  2. Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely decadent! I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I am having a friend over for her birthday this weekend and I think I just found the perfect cake for her!

  3. I make my own birthday cake too, simply because my parents only use boxed cake mix, and we can't have that. Happy birthday :)

  4. Happy Birthday! That cake looks AMAZING!! Enjoy your 30's, it is a great decade. ;O)

  5. That's one gorgeous cake! Happy birthday!

  6. Happy Birthday! your cake looks delish, now I can't wait until it comes up in the rotation at TWD.

  7. Happy Birthday to you! That cake looks fabulous. I'd make my own cakes too, but hubby takes me out to eat every year for my birthday.

    I was given a blog award and wanted to pass it on to you. I've been reading your blog for a while now and just think it's great! (see my blog to pick it up).

  8. Man, this cake looks good. Happy belated birthday! I am a September baby too - I will post my cake soon.

  9. Hi, Dorie! I'm pretty new to your blog, but I just saw your birthday cake that you baked, and had to tell you it looks FANTASTIC! I love chocolate and nalt, and would love to know the recipe so that I can make it too. Is it your own creation? I really have a yen for cake now!



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