Maybe that sounded a bit self-absorbed.
As much as I love celebrating birthdays, and even my own, I actually don’t like being the center of attention when it is my birthday. Which seems contradictory.
Contradictory like how I like making birthday cakes, but dislike being sung to when it’s time to eat my own.
Strange, huh? Oh well. I love a good party, but find it awkward being in the limelight.
Anyhow, what you really want to know about is the cake that I baked for my birthday.
I know I know. My birthday should be the day that I shouldn’t have to bake a cake. But, the husband got me the cutest cake cookbook ever for, well, my birthday! I knew that I had to bake something out of that book and I figured my birthday was a good enough excuse to do so.
Earlier this week I saw a sale for blackberries. I decided to buy a couple boxes to make blackberry jam. Not that I really eat jam, but I thought that instead of hiding my fruit inside a baked good, I’d let the fruit itself shine. But then I saw a recipe for jam cake.. and that original idea went out of the window. 🙂
I don’t particularly like the taste of blackberries. I find them a bit sour. But in a jam (with lots of sugar, of course), they taste just wonderful!
Oh yes, I should tell you what I made. Blackberry Jam Cake with Caramel Chocolate Ganache.
Doesn’t that sound wonderful? 🙂
Warm buttery caramel poured over semi-sweet chocolate chips = Amazing ganache. Lemme tell you. The kitchen smelled wonderful. Beautiful glossy and rich ganache. I could probably eat it drizzled over everything. 🙂
Aren’t those layers wonderful? I’ve started to notice this 3-layer cake trend. Or maybe it was always there and I was just oblivious. I only have 2 8-inch pans. And then I decide to bake a beautiful cake that is… 3 layers. This always causes me to shake my fist that I still haven’t gone and gotten that darn 3rd 8-inch cake pan. SIGH. But anyways, that’s my pretty blackberry jam cake with ganache fillings. I was supposed to also put toasted almonds inbetween…but I forgot. 😦
Beautiful, right? Gah. I painstakingly put every toasted almond on there. hahaha. I didn’t want to just like mash/throw the almonds on there. Yeah, I can be particular like that. My first batch of almonds burned too. But that’s okay. The husband likes to eat burnt things (including my burnt baked goods).
It was a beautiful cake that tasted amazing as well.
And if you were wondering… no one sang happy birthday to me. 🙂
Just the way I like it.