While preparing for the Chiplet’s birthday, I did lots of decorating and need to share two major takeaways.
I started to make this cake just as chocolate with chocolate, but then the recipe mentioned caramel and chocolate drizzle. It was 8 am and I had already been up for hours but decided to go for it. I’m glad I did! It ended up a lot like this cake I had made for my birthday awhile ago. But, it was basically the easier and better version. I had no issues with the caramel’s consistency for using it inside the cake. I didn’t quite follow the full recipe, but it was still good as is.
About a year ago I attempted to make fudge from this same cookbook and I had the worst luck with it. The fudge was completely…well, nothing. It wasn’t edible, fudgelike, or anything salvageable. It was one of the biggest fails I have had in a long time. And particularly disheartening when your blog name is Fudging Ahead. Oh well. I decided to give it one more go and figured if it didn’t work, then I would make a different chocolate frosting instead.
In case you’re wondering about the size of this cake and the shape, I made it for the Fudgelet’s half birthday. He liked it…but said he wants his next cake to be a sheet cake because he didn’t like having frosting inside the cake…I have no words.
Here I go sharing a recipe from many months ago. But, thankfully, you can make this cake at any point in the year. The Chiplet was just over a week old and we were celebrating Thanksgiving as a family of 4. The Fudgelet helped me make this cake while K helped take care of the Chiplet. I try to soak up my mom/toddler time since it is difficult when the baby wants to take his fair share of time, too. There were some pictures of the process that I took, but K also took some pictures of us baking. There were some cute ones of the two of us but it’s funny seeing myself with a belly that looked about 6 months pregnant. I know I was super tired too, so I’m not sure how I made a cake, but I did!