Today is Mark’s birthday. Thursday is Michelle’s birthday. So we had a combined birthday dinner and all the local kids came home for a few hours. We missed GCB but were glad to have Ann make the drive in. I fixed Baked Mostaciolli for dinner and made some homemade bread to go along with it.
Oh mah gawd, so good!!!! But the piece de resistance was definitely the dessert.
The dessert! I wish I didn’t love desserts so much, but I do.
Café Latte Turtle Cake
A hint for baking cakes. If you grease only the bottom of the pan and not the sides you get a flatter top at the end of baking. When you grease the sides the cake batter keeps slipping down the side. Ungreased, it sticks more to the sides of the pan, creating a more level cake. Run a butter knife around the edge of the pan to loosen it.
After the cake is completely cooled you will make the frosting. Don’t start the frosting until you are ready to put it together. It hardens a bit as it cools so if you make it too soon it will not pour onto the cake properly.
Here’s how you do the frosting. It has a ganache type feel to it but is a little more syrupy.
Now you’re ready to put the cake together.
I didn’t tell you at the beginning because I take it for granted that everyone knows this. You’ll bake the cake at 350 degrees for 25(ish) minutes.
It was great to have the kids home, even if it was just a few hours. There’s nothing like good food and family!
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