So How did I reach this place! Well I had to go to my mom’s house for her birthday. The least I could do was provide a cake. Buying a cake was out of the question as I have only tasted a few cakes that I had liked, and that had frosting I could deal with. So I decided to make the cake myself.
I had a cocoa layer cake recipe (http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2011/02/cocoa_layer_cake)”. I had also used the same set of recipes for my much loved brownies. I used some existing cookies and cream frosting as the first layer and then the vanilla frosting, I used a basic recipe from the bakery I worked at. I had use it previously, and it was nice: creamy and rich. I let it sit overnight and on Sunday morning bought more 10x, aka, powdered sugar with intentions of thickening it. I forgot to add it so the frosting was not so thick but I worked with it.
I spread the frosting between the layers and then felt excited that it looked like a large tripe layer Oreo cookie.
On advice of someone, I covered the whole thing with frosting. It took about 15 minutes to get that done with the least amount of mess. In the end I had to hold the cake all the way to my mom’s house. I did not want to ruin my handy work.
Additionally, in school, one of our tests was to pipe chocolate onto a cake so that in a crunch we could fill in for a pastry cook. When people came to restaurants they might want this service and to be able to do it in an instant was the whole idea behind learning to do this seemingly menial task. I piped Happy Birthday onto the cake.
The cake was delicious. It was spongy and moist, and the frosting was enough, according to my mother. We accompanied it with ice cream: rum raisin, and vanilla. YUMMY.
As Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake.” (misquoted but she was still excessive)