Milk Chocolate Layer Cake

My son's (10!) birthday was yesterday. He LOVES milk chocolate, so when we saw this recipe for Milk-Chocolate-Frosted Layer Cake in Food & Wine magazine, we knew this had to be his birthday cake this year!
I would normally be nervous making a cake for the first time for a birthday, but Food & Wine has yet to steer me wrong!
OK...I was not thrilled with the way the cake pulled away from the pan, but it ended up just fine. If I make this again, I might just go with round pans.

Chocolate curls...not my strong suit!

Our white counter tops make the cake look like it's floating! :)
The birthday boy and the cake!

The frosting was really rich and creamy. I'd say that was everyone's favorite part. We liked the cake, too, but it was not chocolaty at all. It had a "spongy" texture...more like a muffin, but it was good! Birthday boy was happy; Mom was happy! :)


  1. Yum! It does look great! And that white background makes for some cool pictures!

  2. Happy Birthday to your son!

    I thought you did a great job on the chocolate curls!

  3. Your birthday boy is a cutey-pah-tootie! This cake looks like a real winner, especially the icing! And those chocolate curls look good too. Those are not easy!

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your son! That cake looks really good and so do the chocolate curls!

  5. The chocolate cake looks really good. I'm glad it turned out good and your son love it. I like the chocolate curls. I'm a big fan of chocolate myself.

  6. Congratulations to the-birthday-boy, he looks about to jump on that delicious cake!!! I thin you really did a good job on the chocolate curls...

  7. Oh this answers my question!! Bridget it looks wonderful! Did it take a super long time?? I have 2 birthdays coming up this week and next week!!

  8. I love how this turned out! Happy birthday to your son! That shape would be perfect for a cake I was thinking about making - a princess pillow! I wonder if I could get it to pull away from the edges...

  9. He looks like he's thrilled!
    Weird how the cake pulled away like that, I've never seen that happen before.
    As long as it worked out in the end, which it looks like it did.
    Happy Birthday to little bake at 350!!

  10. happy birthday to the cutie! i bet he devoured it!

  11. That looks so cute! How sweet of you to make him his own cake!


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