my neighbor's birthday party cake:
this is not the greatest picture ever, because i was messing around with the settings on the camera and the lighting was just far too bright in their kitchen. i've made this cake before, but it's always a crowd pleaser. chocolate chip brownie cake (white brownie) with caramel buttercream, caramel sauce on top, and caramel shards on the sides.
i had the highest praise from the birthday boy; he said that it was the best cake he had ever tasted. then i got into an animated conversation with his wife, the boy, and another chef friend of theirs who is an instructor at the Atlanta Cordon Bleu about about opening a cafe in the vacant restaurant space in the publix shopping center near our house. a nice conversation fueled by wine and pipe dreams. it's nice to dream :)
then the Cordon Bleu instructor took me aside and asked me to send him the recipe. now that's high praise!
i can't find any of my pastry tips, and i think we either lost them in the move from maryland or the boy forgot them at his restaurant in annapolis (probably the latter) so the top of the cake should have all these buttercream stars, and instead i had to glob it on there haphazardly.