Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Birthday Cakes for the Hubby

It's the Hubby's birthday this week! He turns the big 3-0! So many wonderful surprises and so many wonderful presents have been revealed. Now that it is all wrapped up, I can finally share the exciting celebrations.

It was supposed to start with a trip to San Francisco to taste the exceptional Pliny the Younger at Russian River Brewing Company. The weather Gods had other plans for us though and dumped several inches of snow on Raleigh, preventing us from getting out there. So that was a HUGE disappointment, but we are already planning to go out next year.

Like a mature, almost-30-year-old, the Hubby lifted his spirits and moved on. What he didn't know is that I had a very large surprise party planned for him the following weekend! Friends and family gathered at his favorite craft beer store, Bottle Revolution, to surprise the hell out of him. Needless to say, it was a success!

The celebration continued with a new coffee setup for the Hubby the morning of his birthday. You haven't tasted a great cup of coffee until you have had a pour-over using Counter Culture beans! It has started our mornings off right this week!

Back to the focus of birthdays, the cake. Hubby had not just one cake this year, but two! I have been with the Hubby for 10 birthdays now and for each one, he always gets a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. He loves it. And yes, we have used the box kind forever and it works perfectly. BUT, since I have a food blog, I couldn't cheat this year, I had to make it from scratch. I had a little help from The Vintage Mixer and whipped this up after I found out our trip to San Fran was canceled. I thought a little yellow cake with chocolate frosting would cheer him up!

Then, for his surprise party, his mom took some inspiration from one of my favorite bloggers, The Beeroness and made an Epic Chocolate Stout Cake with Chocolate Bourbon Sour Cream Frosting. Amazing! This cake was a huge hit at the party and absolutely one of the best cakes I have ever eaten. Rich, chocolaty, bourbon-y and moist.

The celebrations will continue for a few more weeks with more family dinners and birthday cards, but we wanted to share the recipes for the birthday cakes we are enjoying this week. The Hubby deserves the best birthday, that is for sure!

Happy 30th Hubby!! I love you :)

Classic Birthday Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Recipe on The Vintage Mixer

Epic Chocolate Stout Cake with Chocolate Bourbon Sour Cream Frosting

Recipe on The Beeroness


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