Thursday, August 27, 2009

My chocolate mint birthday cake

My birthday was in January, so this post is way overdue. (We lost power a lot in January - that's my excuse. I have no excuse for the time since then.)
In December, my husband and I went on a date night to the local dinner theatre and for dessert had a creme de menthe cake that I really wanted to recreate for my birthday. I didn't come close to succeeding, but this cake was still pretty good. (The cake from the dinner theatre is below. Pretend that my flash didn't wash out the filling so you can't tell that it's minty green. I do like my cake layers better than this one, by the way.)

I used the Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake recipe (it's usually on the back of the Hershey's cocoa can). I think the frosting was the "perfectly chocolate" frosting, too. Although I might have used the One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting from Hershey's Best Loved Recipes.
For the mint filling in the middle, I made up a recipe. It's not exactly what I wanted, but it was good. I used 8 ounces of cream cheese, powdered sugar, cocoa, peppermint extract, and milk. If anyone has any ideas on how to make a creme de methe filling for a 3 layer cake, please let me know.

I'm not sure why it cracked down the center. I've been baking since I was eight or nine, and I've only had a few cakes do this. It didn't change the flavor, and it was an interesting look.
I think next year I might finally try to make the Italian Cream Cake - it's a favorite at our house and since our birthdays are a week apart, it's a good idea to have only one cake for both of us.

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