Extra Special Birthday Cake

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Some occasions call for an extra special cake, the kind of cake that is unforgettable, the kind of cake that you sister dreams of all night and shows up at your doorstep in the morning to see if there is leftovers. This is that cake!
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I made it for my sons 16th birthday, it was a hard day for me, because I was making it more about me than him, I mean, I still feel 16, I remember it like it was last week, so I did what I love to do when I’m consumed, bake.
here it is…

3 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 1/2 Cups sugar

1 Tbps + 1 Tsp baking soda

1/2 Tsp salt

1 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/3 Cups canola oil

1 1/2 Cups buttermilk

3 Large eggs

1 1/2 Cups espresso
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Directions
-Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
-butter 2 round or square pans, or anything that can be stacked.
-sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa together and set aside.
-whip together oil, sugar, and eggs, one at a time.
-slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternating with buttermilk.
-mix in the espresso
-bake 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
-cool and ice and stack and have fun adding edible flowers or candy, or what ever you love!

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Ok, the best part is the layering and icing.
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I started with 2 equal sizes of cake and put a little chocolate liqueur on the top of the bottom (optional)
then a thick layer of ganache (chocolate melted into whipping cream, make extra you will need it!) to hold it together. I added the chocolate cream cheese to the middle as well because I wanted a rough looking cake with the layers showing.
In a blender I mixed one package of cream cheese, icing sugar (about 1 cup) and soft butter (1/4 cup), cocoa powder and chocolate liqueur. Sorry no real measurements, just taste it!

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