Yesterday, on my husband's "mini birthday", we enjoyed this delightful cake and still have a lot left over for today and, I think, even Shabbat. I made the layers with my super simple brownies recipe (double batch), but of course, it would be ten times more delicious using the recipe of chocolate bomb brownies - mmm. A chocolate lover's delight!
I took a cup of whipping cream and whipped it with just a few tablespoons of sugar and a little cocoa powder, and spread the cream between layers and on top of the cake. I decorated with dried cranberries because this is what I had on hand, but I wish I had some almonds or nuts to chop and sprinkle over the top. You could also decorate with grated chocolate or coconut. My husband loved it.
The serving plate, which is part of a set, has a special story behind it. When we were very newly married, just before Pesach a year and a bit ago, my husband saw a lady putting these plates out on the street. He asked whether these plates were ever used (important for kosher-keeping homes, as ceramic plates and cups, unlike glass, cannot be koshered) and she said yes, they are kosher dairy plates and he can keep them - she has too much to store in her home. Since back then, we had only four plates altogether, these were a very welcome addition. We have a set of twelve - six large ones (like the one in the picture) and six small ones. They are nice and sturdy and I love them. One of the many things that were rescued and found a new life in our home.
I have rice cooking on the stove for tomorrow night, and carrots and potatoes boiling for potato salad, which firmly established its place on our Shabbat table. I'd better go and check how things are going in the kitchen. Wishing you the loveliest weekend!
PS: My husband's "real birthday" is next week - what a good reason to make another, even bigger and better birthday cake, isn't it?