Happy Birthday Chocolate Cake

Happy Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday to me!  March 2nd is my birthday, and to celebrate, I decided to make a luscious two-tiered chocolate cake.  Now, don’t be fooled by the pictures.  This cake is quite intense, but not overly sweet.  That’s how I like it.  The combination of ingredients are designed to bring out the flavor of the chocolate.  Coffee is used in the cake to add moistness and elevate richness of the chocolate.  The sour cream in the icing adds a hint of tang that balances the sweetness of the white chocolate shavings.

Happy Birthday Chocolate Cake

Beatty’s Chocolate Cake(just the cake portion)
Adapted from: Barefoot Contessa at Home
By: Ina Garten

Sour Cream Chocolate Icing:
Adapted from: Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes
By:  Alisa Huntsman and Peter Wynne

12 oz semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 stick butter, unsalted and softened
2 Tbl. light corn syrup
¼ cup half-and-half
½ cup sour cream

Melt the chocolate with the butter and corn syrup in a double boiler over barely simmering water.  Remove from heat and whisk until smooth.  Whisk in the half-and-half and sour cream.  Spread on cake while still soft.

White Chocolate Shavings:
3 – 4 oz. white chocolate

Run a potato peeler along the top of the white chocolate bar to create tiny curly shavings.  Sprinkle on the top of the cake before the icing dries.  You can also use a hand shredder for a finer look.


  1. That cake looks like a wonderful way to celebrate, happy birthday!

  2. Happy Birthday! BEAUTIFUL cake!! :D

  3. Happy birthday, Cory! Wow! You are so talented! Do you mind if I add you to my blogroll? I love your blog

  4. Happy Birthday!
    Cake looks so rich and delicious

  5. Happy Birthday! I don’t comment here as much as I should, but I always read you. Your food and your pictures, especially, are amazing. I hope you have a lovely day.

    This cake looks delicious! The photo is great too! The colors are vivid!

  7. Awe, Happy Birthday. It is a shame you had to bake your own cake.

  8. Joyeux Anniversaire…!

    I wish you a very happy day with lots of yummy chocolat…
    beautiful cake, just what I would want for my birthday.

    A birthday hug to you…! ! !

  9. I am coming to Pburg for a slice!

    Happy birthday CC!

  10. YOU HAVE THE SAME BIRTHDAY AS MY BROTHER!!!! :-D Happy birthday!!!


  1. [...] The cake is based on Ina Garten’s (The Barefoot Contessa) recipe (just the cake) and the icing is a Sour Cream Chocolate Icing with White Chocolate Shavings. You can find the recipe on Cory’s website: http://culinarycory.com/2009/03/01/happy-birthday-chocolate-cake [...]

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