Sunday, July 31, 2011
Costco All American Chocolate Cake: Perfect Birthday Cake
The clan is gathering this weekend in Bodega Bay, and I had way too many things to do to get ready for the onslaught. At the birthday party today, we'll have 4 generations. Oldest: The Grand Dame at 90. Youngest: the Princess at 17 months. Common denominator? Chocolate. Which Birthday Cake? Costco All American Chocolate Cake. It's my cake of choice for large parties.
This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's ever tasted the fabulous Costco All American Chocolate Cake. It's huge! It's delicious! It's a deep dark chocolate four layer cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. 7 pounds of heaven! Yes, it really is 7 pounds (the mystery: if you eat it all, you'll gain 20!). I bought it yesterday, but this cake freezes very well, in case you have room in your freezer for this gigantic cake--for emergency parties. Actually I've been told that many restaurants buy the Costco All American Chocolate Cake, slice it thin, and serve with raspberry or strawberry sauce. Really. Of course these restaurants don't employ any of my pastry chef friends. The restaurants probably charge a fortune, too. The Costco All American Chocolate Cake is a real deal at $16.99.
If you want to get fancy (or fancier) with the cake (it's already decorated with beautiful frosting with chocolate curls down the sides) freeze or chill the cake in order to get the slices really thin. Makes it easier to cut. Then drizzle with raspberry sauce! But if you're like me, fresh is the way to go. Use a good cake slicer. As I said this is a mile high cake. Add candles, and it's the perfect birthday cake!
Happy Birthday, Judie!