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izzizzi Mar 16, 2007 08:08 PM

I'm trying to come up with a birthday cake and I need some flavor ideas. I know it has to have some chocolate (dark) in it. I love almond flavors. I was thinking a chocolate cake frosted with almond cream cheese frosting. I also love pistachio, coconut, coffee...any ideas? Any great cakes that you've had in the past?

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    chocofan Mar 16, 2007 10:40 PM

    Use the "Cake Bible" for sure. Try a mousseline buttercream with brown sugar instead of white.

    1. QueenB Mar 17, 2007 08:48 AM

      If you like chocolate, try White Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake
      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
      An awkward name, for sure, and a bit time-consuming, but well worth it in my opinion. I made it a few years ago and it was a huge success.

      1. izzizzi Mar 17, 2007 08:58 AM

        I'm not really into white chocolate though...

        1. babette feasts Mar 17, 2007 09:06 AM

          chocolate cake filled with a mix of coffee buttercream and crushed almond praline, smooth a thin layer of buttercream on top/sides to cover, then pour with a dark chocolate glaze & garnish with dramatic shards of almond praline (just caramelize sugar, add sliced almonds & spread thin on Silpat, crush some for the filling & save some for the top)

          1. mcel215 Mar 17, 2007 11:12 AM

            Ina Garten did an easy looking chocolate cake, called Beatty's on her show today.

            You can find the recipe on the foodtv.com website.

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              bite bite Mar 17, 2007 11:24 AM

              Not a layer cake -- but my favorite is the Sharffen Berger "Riich Chocolate Cake" (adapted from Chez Panisse deserts) - delicious, moist rich. (Be sure to use the glaze recipe on same site). My favoite of the chocolate recipes I've made this year.
              http://www.scharffenberger.com/re0208...
              The recipe does have some ground almond in this -- but more for texture than taste. You could pump up the almond by adding amaretto or almond extract and, riffing on babette's delicious-sounding suggestion above, top with some almond praline if you wanted to get more of an almond bang.

              Might be worth checking out their other chocolate recipes as well -- haven't steered me wrong thus far.

              1. Deenso Mar 17, 2007 11:34 AM

                This is a single-layer chocolate/nut cake that I got from Staunton's Fine Cooking's Fine cooking, October/November 2001 issue. I've made it several times for dinner parties. It's certainly not a traditional birthday cake, but I don't see why you couldn't stick a few candles on the top.

                http://www.taunton.com/finecooking/re...

                 
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                  izzizzi Mar 17, 2007 03:01 PM

                  That's a beautiful picture!

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                    mirage Mar 18, 2007 06:26 AM

                    I've made this cake a bunch of times. It's very good and always beautiful.

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                      Old Spice Mar 19, 2007 04:47 AM

                      This recipe sounds like an updated version of a childhood favorite chocolate sheetcake that my sister and I still make. Thanks for sharing it.

                    2. shindiganna Mar 18, 2007 07:59 PM

                      Devil's food with Peanut Butter frosting. Tastes like a Funny Bone

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                        piccola Mar 19, 2007 05:42 PM

                        Try Martha's chocolate-ginger cake.

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