The birthday cake from Layered: Baking, Building, and Styling Spectacular Cakes (page 52) by Tessa Huff

  • cocoa powder
  • heavy cream
  • cake flour
  • confectioner's sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • dark chocolate
  • milk
  • butter
  • vanilla bean paste
  • egg yolks

Where’s the full recipe - why can I only see the ingredients?

Always check the publication for a full list of ingredients. An Eat Your Books index lists the main ingredients and does not include 'store-cupboard ingredients' (salt, pepper, oil, flour, etc.) - unless called for in significant quantity.

Notes about this recipe

  • Eat Your Books

    Can substitute milk for heavy cream.

  • Rutabaga on January 21, 2018

    This is a sweet birthday cake, sure to please. Mine was incredibly messy to put together, however. The cake crumbled when I tried to put the layers together, but I managed to use the thick frosting to hold it together. The cake was too crumbly for me to manage a crumb coating, so I had to slap the frosting on in spoonfuls and carefully prod it to fill in the cracks and smooth it over. Fortunately, no one could tell once it was finished. It's rich and buttery in flavor, and the chocolate flavor in the frosting is sweet enough for the kids without being too cloying for the adults.

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