A Beautiful Cake

Mike requests the same thing every birthday, an apple pie. Which is so darned cute. But, our boys never go for it. They indicate, “A birthday must have cake! You cannot put candles in a pie!” Well, okay then. So I make a cake AND a pie. Although this year, I made the cake on his actual birthday and I baked the pie two days later. Which means we ate a lot of sugar that weekend.

I loosely based this confection on Rhee Drummond’s Chocolate Devils.

“Loosely based it on” is accurate because I used my own favored chocolate cake recipe, my own cherry buttercream filling, and Baking Illustrated’s ganache.

It was delicious and a beauty to behold!

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