Joelf finally caught up to Cookie and I and now we're all the same age. So we had to celebrate!
July 11, 2009
Name of Cake: Peanut Butter Karaoke Cake!
Occasion: Joelf's 36th Birthday
Constituents: two 9 in rounds of RLB's chocolate butter cake filled and frosted with RLB's Peanut Buttercream
This is the third cream-cheese peanut butter cream I have made. The first one, for Joelf's 31st birthday, was too peanut buttery and not cream cheesy enough. The second time was for Jeremy's birthday last year and it wasn't peanut buttery enough. This time it was just right.
This recipe is from Rose Levy Beranbaum's new cookbook, Rose's Heavenly Cakes. It doesn't come out until September but breadbasketcase has an advanced copy and has been baking (and blogging) her way through the book. She posted this recipe when she used it to frost a spice cake. Reading BBC's Heavenly Cake Place blog has me chomping at the bit for this new book of Rose's!
Especially because this frosting is so good. It is rich, which I think is unavoidable with peanut buttery desserts, but it is also light, fluffy, and wonderfully creamy. Curiously, there are a few teaspoons of sour cream in the frosting. It seemed so little. I'm not sure how it contributed. This frosting is blended in a food processor which was so easy and took so little time I got all three batches made before the cakes were even halfway through baking. Nice! (I tripled the recipe to have enough to fill and frost the cake with about 2-2.5 cups leftover.)
Joelf, who has eaten all three frostings, proclaimed this version to be the winner. Hooray!
There isn't anything new to say about the cakes, as I have been baking this exact recipe for four years now and can practically do it in my sleep. I will say that as much as I experiment with other chocolate cake recipes I always come back to RLB's. There just isn't anything like it!
Joelf arranged a karaoke birthday party, which was unbelievably fun. There is a place in town called Voicebox, which has several private rooms for karaoke parties. Apparently this is how karaoke in done in Japan, and I find it much better than going to a bar and having to sing in front of total strangers who expect you to be able to actually sing. In a private room, the only people who have to listen to you are the people who already know that you can't sing. Plus, everybody picked such great songs that we all ended up singing and dancing along.
Excellent cake. Amazingly awesome party. Best friend and roommate ever!