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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

33 + Ferrero Rocher Cake

Today I am 33 years old.  You can imagine how excited I am considering my affection for the number 3.  Unless I live to 333, this year of age contains the most threes of my life!  After a quick google search about the year 33, I was reminded that this is my Jesus Year.  Make of that what you will.  Other people say 33 is the year when you are at your happiest.  I kind of hope that's true, but then, if it is, it's all downhill from here? Geez, I hope not.

When I was thinking about my birthday cake, I kept coming up with ideas, but nothing seemed to be just right. It was bothering me. I kept thinking about Ferrero Rocher chocolates, but I also kept thinking about coffee. I was thinking it should be one or the other, but I wanted both. Finally, I sat still and imagined my perfect bite. Yep, I'm nuts, but I think most people are, so I'm not lonely. 

Back to my perfect bite...chocolate cake, guianduja mousse, espresso ganache. As I thought of this I had a strong memory come to mind. When I was in high school my friends and I would go to "the city" whenever we thought we'd get away with it. When our parents thought we were headed to a mall in the suburb and dinner at Applebee's, we'd hop on the highway and head to Atlanta. Rebels. 

My favorite place to go was Cafe Intermezzo. It was dark, one side was a bar, and the other had a massive dessert case and a large, shiny espresso machine. We would order coffees and hope to blend in. We would pretend to talk on our "emergency only" cell phones. Embarrassing. All this embarrassment is to tell you that I made at least one good decision. My drink selection was on point. I always ordered the Gianduja Cappuccino. It was chocolate, hazelnut, and coffee swimming together in one perfect little cup. 

So, here I am in my Jesus Year craving the same flavors that I enjoyed at 16. A lot has changed, but apparently much has stayed the same. 

About the cake...

You will not regret this cake. Yes, you might gain some weight, but they will be pounds earned with a smile. It's super rich. Have some coffee or milk on hand when you have a slice. It takes dedication to be this decadent! 

How to:
Chocolate Cake...here
Gianduja Mousse...here. (Substitute Nutella for the peanut butter.)
Espresso Ganache...here. (add 1 tbsp of espresso to cream when warming)
Garnish...Ferrero Rocher Chocolates. Duh. 

Layer it all up in a cake ring lined with acetate. Once it's thoroughly chilled, remove the ring and liner, and pour ganache on the top because why not. Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. Place the chocolates on top. Take 3 seconds to admire, and then slice that bad boy. 

Happy birthday to me. 

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