Well, not really - I mean I really did make a cake but it wasn't just necessarily for my birthday. In late 2010 I won a calendar from the wonderfully cheesy people at WWFC (that would be Nicky, CheesyMike and
February's recipe was (is):
HOLY CHOCOLATE CAPPUCCINO CHEESECAKE, BATMAN!
Okay, delete the "Holy" and "Batman" from the above and that gives you name of the recipe. If you are a lover of cheesecake, especially CHOCOLATE cheesecake, this is a great recipe and relatively simple, too! The only problem I had was with the springform pan: I usually cheat and use the store bought crusts but the ingredients were such that they called for a larger vessel. I did, however, use the pre-fab crusts for the cookie crumbs which was way easier than scraping the cream filling off of chocolate cookies (we don’t have just plain chocolate cookies here) and then crushing them. Hey, the easier the better, right?
Since I am not much of a sweets fan, I was going to forgo the topping but the cake developed a crack (and, apparently, some teeth, zits and attitude) while baking:
As you can see, I
So, here it is in all its glory, the finished product:
Happy Frakken Birthday To ME!!!
In hindsight, I probably could have gone with a meringue topping but that may have been just as sweet as the icing the recipe called for. Hmm … maybe cherry pie filling for the schmear next time. Yum!
Instead of including the recipe here, I will post it in the next few days with some tips and tweaks (i.e. so your cake won't grow 'teeth' if it develops a crack, etc.).