Above: Cake One, Sunday, shared with friends (one of whom was having a birthday the day before mine). This is a "party cake." It is smaller than the normal sized cake, but it's good for about 8 people or so. We at this cake with vanilla Häagan Dazs. Click for an enlargement.
This week I celebrated my birthday several times with several friends. For me there is only one chocolate cake: Cafe Latté's Chocolate, Chocolate Cake. (Yes, Chocolate is repeated.) If you are having a celebration of any sort I recommend this cake. They have other lovely and delicious desserts which my friends eat, but this is all that I will eat there in the dessert way. They also offer excellent soups, salads, and sandwiches (the last are made with their own breads).
Left: Cake Two, eaten at Cafe Latté, very dim lighting. Some members of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective went there after the special tour of Wet Paint (it's only 5 minutes down the road). I almost didn't arrive in time to get my cake, however, which is why it is in a take out container. I didn't think I'd have time to eat it before they closed! Click for an enlargement.
I like this cake because it isn't overly sweet but it also isn't bitter dark chocolate. It's yummy and just right, with the right ratio of frosting to cake. And since it is a popular cake it is always fresh and moist. The frosting is always smooth, never grainy. A delight.
Cake always tastes better when you have great company to share it with and I want to thank everyone who made this a great Birthday Week. That includes all my friends who "broke" cake with me; and everyone who conspired to give me the gift of a new president. I'm hopeful.
Note: A special thanks to Karen and Marcia who joined with me to draw on napkins in the poor light, when were were there after the Collective meeting and no one was sketching!