Author: Luisa Perkins
•8:37 AM
When I had fewer kids and more energy, I would really go all out when it came to birthday cakes. I made Thomas the Tank Engine cakes; Dalmatian cakes; Cinderella/Little Mermaid/Sleeping Beauty cakes; cakes upon which intergalactic Star Wars battles were re-enacted.

These days, I can't help but feel my children are being shortchanged somehow. It seems like it's all Chocolate Lace Cake, all the time.

Oh, well. They're great kids; they don't complain. Here's newly-nine-year-old Hope, last night, thinking up a really good wish while we sing to her.

And it's a pretty dang fantastic cake, I must say. If you are a serious baker, you must own Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Cake Bible. To make Chocolate Lace Cake, use Rose's Chocolate Butter Cake and Neoclassic Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipes. Then follow my instructions here to make the lace.

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28 comments:

On 28/2/08 , lilacspecs said...

Okay, so my birthday is May 30th and my address is....

Hehehe.

 
On 28/2/08 , Syar said...

Yeah. Who needs train-shaped cakes when you have that? And it's all chocolate too? Excellent.

 
On 28/2/08 , painted maypole said...

will you please make MY birthday dake?

 
On 28/2/08 , painted maypole said...

or cake? i don't know what a dake is. sorry.

 
On 28/2/08 , Christie said...

It's beautiful AND chocolate. What else could you really need in a cake?

 
On 28/2/08 , Annette Lyon said...

I used to do the big fancy ones, too. No more. My kids are lucky if I bake the cake instead of buy it.

Chocolate Lace looks pretty easy, though, maybe I'll do it for the next b-day girl in May.

 
On 28/2/08 , Jenna Consolo said...

Well, if you're going to have one cake all the time, it might as well be that one! Beautiful! And Happy Birthday, Hopie!

 
On 28/2/08 , Thalia's Child said...

That is gorgeous!!!!

 
On 28/2/08 , meleah rebeccah said...

there is NOTHING wrong with Chocolate Lace Cake.....YUM

 
On 28/2/08 , Dedee said...

I'm not complaining here! I'm going to go find that bible now.

 
On 28/2/08 , cablegirl said...

honestly, that chocolate lace cake is the fall back cake? Oh, you are so they better woman than I am. lol

can you make me a birthday cake? That one is gorgeous!

 
On 28/2/08 , Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Hope looks thrilled with it! They're good kids with a good mom. ;-)

 
On 28/2/08 , NH Knitting Mama said...

Boy, you think you're shortchanging you kids? HOW?

Happy Birthday to your daughter!

 
On 28/2/08 , Kimberly said...

Oh my, that looks so lovely! I'm adding that book to my must own list this very moment.

 
On 29/2/08 , Brillig said...

"It seems like it's all Chocolate Lace Cake, all the time."---So, basically, PARADISE???

Her face says it all---that's what my face would be like too if all the chocolate deliciousness was sitting in front of me!

(And Happy Ninth, dearest Hope!)

 
On 29/2/08 , Anne Bradshaw said...

YUMMY!

 
On 29/2/08 , poodlegoose said...

oh, man... that cake looks amazing. i don't think you're shortchanging them at all ;)

 
On 29/2/08 , deb said...

i'll take your chocolate lace cake any day. but august 22 would be the most appropriate day....

 
On 29/2/08 , Amber said...

MMMMM! That looks divine!

 
On 29/2/08 , Edna B said...

As is the sentiment with the other bloggers, your kids are so blessed! The cake is fab.
My daughter's ninth is coming up and I'll probably go with a store-bought cake (again). However, as long as it contains copious amounts of chocolate, my girl doesn't mind!

 
On 29/2/08 , Radioactive Jam said...

If anyone ever complains about one of your cakes, just give them your sweetest smile. Then carefully box up the cake and send it my way.

Happy birthday Hope!

 
On 1/3/08 , dawn said...

Happy Birthday Hope. Great looking cake. I think I might try that one time. I am guessing it will work pretty good on an ice-cream cake too, since my kids only want ice-cream cakes for their birthdays.

 
On 1/3/08 , paul simon said...

Well, it's a good trick.

 
On 1/3/08 , Goofball said...

what an amazing cake...of course the children don't complain!!!!!

 
On 1/3/08 , Josi said...

That is awesome! holy cow. I want a cake bible, I might actually read that one, first half and back half :-)

 
On 2/3/08 , rjlight said...

that cake is beautiful! If my pony had that trick I'd be happy!

 
On 3/3/08 , Catherine said...

If its a comfort, my favorite thing about birthdays was having plain old box cake in a 13x9 pan. I always felt pity for other kids who had fancy different cakes, even ice cream cakes, each year. Who wants it?

I'm not even a little bit kidding, and I still feel the Exact Same Way. (sure hope my kids do too)

 
On 9/3/08 , Julie Wright said...

Oh my beautiful! That is one fantabulous cake. I am beyond impressed.