Vanilla Layer Cake with Chocolate Cheesecake
I still can’t believe I get to be creative with some of the most luscious bits of goodness.
This particular creation was inspired by a cake I baked several weeks ago – chocolate cake with traditional cheesecake. Why not construct a cake with vanilla sponge and chocolate cheesecake? Oh heavens… why not?!
This seemed like just the cake to take to a dinner out with family and friends. I love it when my life partner and I get to spend a wonderful evening with people that know how to laugh and have fun.
How this cake went together…
These are all the components I baked… the 9″ round layers of vanilla cake (with enough batter leftover for a few cupcakes) and a square chocolate cheesecake. I was having trouble finding a round springform baking pan when I needed one a few months ago, but there were plenty of square sizes to choose from. Ok. I guess. Upside? The bits I trim away are always good for taste-testing.
After the crumb coat, I’m always faced with the choices of cake decorating! Here’s a blank slate… now what? As evidenced by the many blog posts, I love drippy chocolatey things…and swirls.
Unfortunately, I had made a few not-so-bright decisions. This is a 9″ cake and I’d placed it on a 10″ scalloped cake board. I don’t know what I was thinking. In really trying to make it work, I decided to keep the bottom edging simple…err… it looks pretty awful. #epicfail #cakewrecks
Placing the entire cake on my Fiesta Ware Sea Mist two-handled cake plate was a smart decision. I knew I could work with this size very well. Again, unfortunately, the smoothness of the buttercream never reached this same level of goodness – I’d just messed with it too much.
These little cookies were soft and chewy and such a fun surprise. I had baked these the night before. To get the size I was looking for was harder than expected. I used the mini chocolate chips to have at least a chance, but it takes surprisingly very little batter to make a cookie the size of a quarter/2euro coin.
I love this little slice of cake. Our friends seemed to really enjoy it. And my dude said he loved it.
My life is great…I get to be creative, I have the support of my people, and my life partner is my biggest cheerleader. None of it is possible without sobriety. And I look forward to being back in rehab.