This may be the perfect cake.
Just putting it out there.
Perfect for a special occasion, that is. This is definitely not the kind of cake you whip up on a Tuesday because you want a little something sweet for dessert. It’s grand and rich and will make people say, “Wow. What is IN this?” A showstopper.
I made it a couple weeks ago for the family birthday party I had for Ada and Ellie. I almost didn’t make it because I got sick the week leading up to the party and was feeling overwhelmed and even for someone like me who is definitely not afraid of baking, there’s just something about a layer cake that seems daunting.
But I pushed through and it turns out what looks kind of complicated is actually pretty simple. There are three parts to this cake: coffee-laced chocolate cake (I used decaf), caramel chocolate ganache, and gelatin-fortified vanilla whipped cream.