birthday cake

Well, birthday week 2007 has just about come to an end, I think. But I’m okay with that because I’ve got cake in the fridge to last for a few days more (maybe) and a bountiful supply of fresh lemon curd and a delicious dark chocolate ganache to keep those birthday memories kickin’. The cake I made was outstanding. As planned, I followed the Martha Stewart yellow cake recipe to the letter. It turned out wonderfully moist and flavourful and I’d make it again in a heartbeat. I did make a lemon curd filling, but decided not to use Martha’s recipe because I prefer recipes using whole eggs rather than just yolks. Instead, I found this version which not only met my whole egg requirement, but it was sweet, sweet perfection. Tart, lemony and way too easy to eat up with a spoon! And for the rich chocolate topping, I halved the Martha recipe, subbed in my favorite Dark Ritter Sport bars for the chocolate chips, and even after topping the cake, still had enough ganache to last a long, long while.

If you are putting this together, you can make everything 1 day in advance…just make sure everything is tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated. Just don’t put everything together until the next day.

19 comments to “birthday cake”

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    Jenni   May 14, 2007 at 2:57 am

    It was quite wonderful going through your post…thanks for sharing them with us…really enjoyed reading through this…and looks like you had a good time as well!!!

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    jill   May 14, 2007 at 6:30 am

    The cake is beautiful. I’m sorry your birthday week had to end. Next year, do what I do…birthday month!

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    Joanne   May 14, 2007 at 7:49 am

    Sounds like you had a frickin awesome birthday to go along with the frickin awesome cake. This cake looks so go-o-od!! I’ll be making a cake for my husband’s b-day next month. Now I have two possible cake options from your post to choose from 🙂

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    Patricia Scarpin   May 14, 2007 at 10:58 am

    What a delicious and beautiful cake! I think that the filling you chose is just perfect.

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    nosheteria   May 14, 2007 at 11:38 am

    Yum, that cake looks gooey and delicious. Happy Birthday!

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    Caroline   May 14, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Every time I visit your site, you are baking nice cakes …my favorite food! The cake energy must be drawing me to you each time.

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    Molly   May 14, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Stunning cake, dear kickpleat! It sounds just dreamy. Thanks for the links to the recipe – I’m filing them away for future reference. You never know when you’ll need a good yellow cake, you know?

    Happy belated birthday!

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    Judy   May 16, 2007 at 7:43 am


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    Lizzy   May 16, 2007 at 9:08 am

    Happy Birthday! That cake looks delicious:)

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    The Culinary Chase   May 16, 2007 at 4:40 am

    Chocolate and lemon…..yum!

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    kickpleat   May 16, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    thanks jenni…good times (& good eatin’) was had by all 🙂

    jill, oh well, i always have next year! and i certainly like the idea of birthday month!

    joanne, good luck with the cake bakin’! mmmm, cake 🙂

    patricia, it really was the perfect filling. quite complimentary!

    thanks nosh! gooey and delicious often go hand in hand.

    haha, caroline! i promise some more variety soon….tho it certainly is hard to resist a cake post!

    thank you, molly. the recipes worked wonderfully and the yellow cake was a definite favorite!

    chocolate & lemon, indeed, culinary chase! yum!!


    thanks lizzy. the cake surely was.

    izzizzi, i’ve never had a problem with any of the martha recipes i’ve tried in the past. but this one was certainly easy and foolproof, i think. give martha another go!

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    Darlaing   May 16, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    oh my gosh, this cake has everything I love in it! Chocolate and lemons!! Happy Birthday! No bike tour?

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    izzizzi   May 16, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    mmmm…that cake looks delicious! Have you ever had problems with Martha’s recipes though? I have in the past and have been scared to make some of her recipes, even though they look great. She also tends to call for odd shaped pans…

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    kickpleat   May 18, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    sadly darla, no bike tour! soon though, i’m sure. a bike and beer tour will happen this summer!!

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    annie   May 26, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    reading this post made me wish i could do my birthday over!

    – anne, intern
    and birthday girl in another 11.5 months

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    kickpleat   May 28, 2007 at 8:26 am

    annie, there’s always next year 🙂 or there’s always another excuse for cake!

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    Anonymous   June 3, 2007 at 12:58 am

    i’m making this cake right now…not sure the lemon curd is going to turn out right though 🙁 the recipe said to stop cooking when it held whisk marks and had bubbles, but mine bubbled vigorously for a good 15 minutes and didn’t thicken to the point where whisk marks showed up. hope it thickens in the fridge!!!

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    kickpleat   June 3, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    anon, i had the same fear with the lemon curd, but don’t worry, it will firm up in the fridge. i made the curd on friday night and by saturday afternoon it was thick and lovely. enjoy!!

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