Michael celebrated his birthday on Saturday! I didn't make him a cake last year because he was supposed to be out of town, and then he came home at the last minute. I wanted to make up for it with a proper layer cake this year, so I decided to make Smitten Kitchen's best birthday cake.
This cake is so easy to make, so I highly recommend it for that reason alone. Also, it tastes just like those suspiciously good boxed cakes, as promised.
The most important part, however, is the icing. It's so simple! It doesn't involve a candy thermometer! Or beaters! Because there are so few ingredients (!), I used high quality chocolate, sour cream and vanilla, and I skipped the coffee. I also skipped the sprinkles because my striped candles were pretty festive, as was the gelato that we served with the cake.