This cake is officially Ian’s favorite. By far, he says. I think I know why. Ian loves chocolate cake and isn’t crazy about buttercream. Not only was this cake chocolate chocolate chocolate, but the “frosting” was actually chocolate pudding and absolutely nothing like a buttercream. I think this will be a hard one to beat. I might have to remake this one for his birthday. 🙂
Three parts to this one: first chocolate shortbread cookies, then a pudding from scratch which took WAY longer than I expected, and lastly the cake. Although I did them in the wrong order because I was low on sugar and had to have my kind friend Tessa bring me some sugar. I ended with the cookies because I knew I could put off putting them on the cake since home group was gonna be at our house that night.
Though I will admit, I’m not sure it was the wisest to choose to do this cake that same day. I woke up having to go to the store right away but wanting instead to lie down and rest more than ANYTHING. I woke up after a more than reasonable amount of sleep only to want to lie down again, and going to the store just confirmed that feeling. This baby wanted mama to rest! So I did, for a bit. Then I had to crack the whip and get cookin’:
Next I did the cake. I was certain that Ian would approve of this cake at this point. There were no pictures so I wasn’t sure what it would be like, but I knew that he loves chocolate so I couldn’t exactly go wrong with this one unless I burned it or something.
I finally got to making the shortbread cookies and boy were they a pain to deal with. The book says that you can just buy cookies from the store to do the last step with but I figured, eh how hard could shortbread be? The last time I made shortbread it was like a walk in the park. This recipe, not so much. Everything was literally crumbling beneath my touch. This dough didn’t want to stick together, and even after I chilled it for 2 hours, when I went to cut it, many pieces fell apart. But I only needed enough for the sides and top of the cake so I didn’t have to worry about too many cookies turning out perfectly, thank goodness.
I then preceded to refrigerate them for 2 hours, and when they came out of the fridge they looked much the same so then I sliced them and baked them and they made my whole house smell like brownies. Happy smell. 🙂 Then to the assembly of the cake. 🙂
Next time I make this I might cover the top more with crumbs and throw in some gummy worms for a “dirt and worms” cake. 🙂