I am one proud and happy mama, on account of my eleven year old daughter's desire to make a birthday cake for her father, and the confidence that allowed her to do it without any supervision from mom, infact I wasn't even home for most of the production!
My husband's birthday is on the first night of chanukah, which is great because it makes that first night of the holiday even more festive and special. That said, preparing for the holiday and a birthday can be quite a handful, so I was especially happy to have my daughter take over in the cake baking department. Not to mention that she has time and patience to make something that's more of a culinary achievment as opposed to my cakes which are as simple as can be, but with more effort put into the decorating.
And while this cake looks simply beautiful on the outside, the inside consists of two layers of chocolate torte, with the middle layer consisting of pieces of a vanilla rolled cake with chocolate filling. I didn't quite get the point of this when she brought a sample of this cake home last summer from the baking class, but when we sliced this cake the midde layer came out to look sort of striped, which was amazing, and the little baker's father was indeed proud too.
Best of all, we were really too full to even cut the cake after dinner, but when a bunch of my husband's friends showed up hours later to make a little surprise party, at least we had something to serve them! Chanukah sameach!