I'm one all for celebrations - the exuberant kinds that I don't like being a guest of and rather, playing host to. It's all very strange, this enthusiasm I have for celebration planning and gift-giving, where I tend to go overboard and overthink gifts to buy for friends/family.
It doesn't just center around the big moments, though. It's also the little moments that count, which is why there are so many mini cake recipes in my repertoire, because, y'know "celebrating the everyday" and all that. But obviously, they serve to elevate the really big, really special moments further. Which means that Christmases and birthdays suddenly become exponentially more important.
In previous years, I've spent so much trying to figure out what presents to get for people's hatchdays (probably because I don't receive many gifts for my birthday due to it being in a holiday, but that's another story for another time) - time and money-wise.
But not any longer.
I've had that complete eureka moment a la Marie Antoinette - LET THEM EAT CAKE!!! which accounts for the various strangely packaged presents I've presented over the past year : the chocolate cake with oreo meringue, rum + raisin bundt, red velvet cake complete with little toppers, vertical cake...
Today's one is no exception - two very large and VERY solid, peanut butter cookies sandwiched with a thin layer of salt-sprinkled dark chocolate and rounded off with some lightly toasted almonds, all for a VERY persistent classmate of mine. Anyhow, it was pretty heartening to hear that this baby (it probably was the same weight as one) was polished off in two nights between her and her roomie.
Ah, how I miss those boarding school nights.
THe Chocolate Pnut Butter Cookie Cake
makes 1 solid two-layer cake
total time: 1 hour / active time: 20 mins / stationary time: 40 mins
To be continued.