Between February 17th and March 30th, there are 6 birthdays and an anniversary in my family to celebrate- that's about one a week...and a lot of dessert! For my brother's birthday, I made him peanut butter marbled brownies, for Jack, I made a cherry almond Bundt cake, my FIL got an icebox lemon pie, my sister got a strawberry celebration cake and my hubby got this Tiramisu layer cake. Whew! 5 birthdays down, one more to go!
This cake was the winning cake for The Cake Slice Bakers for the month of January. I was way behind on making it, but it finally got done. I really liked it and it was impressive looking (in my opinion) but it was expensive and I had major issues with the cake part of the recipe, which meant I had to make it twice at 2 in the morning. I've never made a chiffon cake before and it was looking pretty perfect until I added the butter and the batter completely liquefied and deflated my egg whites. I wasn't sure what it was supposed to look like so I forged on and baked it anyway. A few minutes later, a rubbery flat cake emerged from the oven. The second attempt was better though not perfect. If I were to make it again, I'd use a different recipe for the cake part, but the espresso syrup and the mascarpone filling/frosting were delicious.
This cake almost made me cry and I almost scrapped it and tossed it all in the trash. I would have, if I hadn't already used up 18 eggs and promised this cake to my deserving husband! This layer cake version of tiramisu is great for a special occasion and tasted just like the original, but the chiffon had a little lemon zest in it that brightened up the flavor. I really liked that addition, but Mr. H did not. If I ever have a craving for tiramisu again, I'll just stick with the classic version that uses ladyfingers, and if necessary, plop a candle in it. I'm not sharing a recipe today simply because I'm too lazy to type it out and it has so many steps and also because I did a few things differently that the original recipe called for. You can click on over to Anabel's blog for a simplified recipe, if you'd like.
Anyway, for Mr. H's 32nd birthday this year, he requested filet mignon, shrimp, cheddar cheese risotto and roasted asparagus. His wish was my command. While I played in the kitchen, Daddy and Hayden took a little snooze together on the couch. This cake was the perfect ending to a relaxed day with my family. Happy birthday, my love!